We have access to a wonderful series of distros culminating with the latest and greatest version, Mint 17 Quiana LTS.
We know that it will be faithfully supported by Clem and the team for the next five years.
Especially we don't get all the messing about the Windowlites get, with computers that refuse to shut down until all the updates are finished, often with duff updates that tell them their OS isn't genuine. Pity those who upgraded from 7 to 8, then 8.1, then 8.1 update 1, etc etc!
Then they spend one third of their time waiting for anti virus and malware scans to complete, then they have to shut down to ...... blah blah!!
What a nightmare!