I have been using Linux Mint now for almost two months!!! ...Yes I'm so newbie.... Printer/scanner works. No problem. Wacom works. No problem. Mouse, Keyboard (Logitech k750) works. Sound works. Well, that one is sort of iffy, especially for those of us who like to fool around with midis ever so often. For anyone who might want to know, what I had do was this:
Fluidsynth with Qsynth gui installed
Using Audacious, use "ALSA input" in output settings in Audacious/Preferences
Choose Fluidsynth audio
Then go to plugins
Then to Input
Make sure AMIDI-Plug is selected
Go to preferences
in AMIDI-Plug settings in Backend selection, choose
btw, I have a 2008 HP with integrated Intel sound r8169, I think.
Otherwise, Linux Mint is absolutely great!!!!