I suppose this thread is the best place to finally add my thanks and declare my undying love for Mint along with all you other great folks. I've been using Linux almost exclusively since Red Hat Linux 6 around '98, for my development workstation as well as my home gaming box and my laptop, which I split between coding at work and coding/gaming at home. Although I liked Red Hat and the myriad of other distros I've tried to a lesser or greater degree, I came to find Ubuntu last year and, although looked down upon by many people who don't consider it a platform capable of performing well for development, I disagree. It was pretty cool, simple and extensible. While I'll always have a special place in my heart for ``hardcore'' distros like Gentoo and Arch, and the beloved Slackware, Ubuntu was fun, popular and easy to use, without a lot of customization. But like many before and after me, I had problems with multimedia apps and detested having to install the "Ubuntu Restricted *" packages among others just to be able to watch a movie on youtube or listen to an mp3 file.
Then I found the illustrious and simply *beautiful* Mint. And I felt like Romeo upon first glimpsing the beauteous Juliet; I was smitten--I had found my OS soulmate
It lived up to its motto; it ``just worked'', right out of the box. No need to install or uninstall any other packages, no need to change a bunch of conf files or do any administrative contortions just to be able to enjoy my system: I just partition my HD, fill in my desired user name and hit the Install button, and sure enough, half an hour later I've got a working Linux box! ASTOUNDING!
Anyway, I'm VERY happy with the distro as a whole and I wish to extend my *deepest* gratitude and admiration to the entire Mint team and to all my fellow Mint users who continue to ensure that Mint is the leading and the best distro ever! Thank you! Mint is the distro I wish I had when I first found Linux and the FOSS community. It would've saved me and I'm sure millions of others numerous headaches and heartache. Again, THANK YOU! And btw, I feel incredibly sorry for Micro$oft and its horribly contrived Windows 7/8. Bill Gates and Wozniak no longer can monopolize the OS world, as they never should have in the first place. This is the FOSS generation and I'm *proud* to be a part of it. THANKS MINT!