I just installed Linux Mint a couple of days ago, and after searching for the right linux distro for about a year, I can safely say I came across my favourite distro.
I wouldn't consider myself a n00b at linux, but I have only used Linux Mint for a couple of days, and before that, Ubuntu for a couple of months. Before then, I have tried Fedora, Mandriva and SuSE, and Slackware for a long long time (Slackware is where I learnt most of my linux basics).
I was never happy with any of the above distros (except for Slackware, I still like it, but I didn't want to download 3 CDs) because it was pretty slow and it seemed to have an emphasis on something other than what I wanted. I feel that Mint is what I've been looking for, it has speed, out-of-box media and hardware compatibility and right software through its Ubuntu-networked repositories.
I guess I'm just presenting my existence here, but hopefully I will be both helping people and be helped here on this forum.
Have a good day