After a long, long time involving much heartache, frustration and downloading, my search is over!
I've made a page, outlining my adventures:
I hope it gives newcomers some information and pointers, and I'd like to just thank Clem and the Mint team for enabling me to find something I thought I'd never be able to - a real replacement to Windows.
Look forward to the future with you all,
Tony, Duxford (Nr. Cambridge, UK)