I'm nearly complete with an article on my beginner's experience with Linux, but it's also about libertarian thoughts on the importance of open source, the danger of centralization of power, such as by Microsoft, etc. In it, I will mention that Linux Mint is my recommendation for beginners.
It will be published at the libertarian website http://www.strike-the-root.com
when I'm done. I'll repost when it is available. If 2.2 would be available very soon, then I might be temptet to wait till then, but I don't want to be one of those people chanting "When will it be ready!!!"