My name is Daniel. I'm a medical student/Perl programmer/gamer/former
I am no stranger to distro-hopping; I've probably installed 10-20 different GNU/Linux and *BSD systems and tried twice that amount with virtual machines and live CDs. I ultimately settled on Debian and used it exclusively for about 4 years. I chose it because it was something I could depend on. The headaches I had with Ubuntu (most of which involved X or desktop applications) just disappeared when I started using Debian. I really thought it was hands-down the best GNU/Linux system out there.
I got to know how apt (I still think it's the best package management system out there) works pretty well over time, and occasionally submitted patches through the DBTS and even maintained a couple of packages at one point. But after I upgraded to wheezy everything went to hell. It seemed like I was spending more time "fixing" my computer than getting work done. Something had to change.
Why did I decide to try Linux Mint instead of "vanilla" Ubuntu? First of all, I've had some bad experiences with Ubuntu in the past. Secondly, I have seen a handful of articles on Hackernews
about how Ubuntu users have been flocking to Mint in droves (it was largely blamed on Unity, but I can't see that being the only reason). I figured the Mint devs had to be doing something right, and I decided to skip being disappointed by Ubuntu again.
So here I am. I'm sure I'll come across the occasional hiccup, as with any distro, and that's why I registered on the forums.