Long time Windows user here. Very long, like Window 2.11 long. My current laptop started with Vista, then Win7, now Win8. Spent lots of money on software like Office, etc. I've known about Linux for years, but I've never really checked it out until today. I checked out Ubuntu, but that really didn't do much for me. Then I found my way to Mint and checked it out. It looked great, so I downloaded the file and burned it to a dvd.
I wasn't sure which version to get, so I ended up with Mint 14 Mate. It took about two minutes to decide I wanted it, so I chose the dual boot with Windows 8. Install was painless and very quick, compared to Windows, which took hours. Dual boot works great.
I did run into a couple of problems at first. I could move the pointer around the screen, but couldn't click on anything unless I used the touchpad button. That was frustrating, but I finally found my way to the Control Center and clicked on Mouse. The touchpad settings were in there and that fixed the problem. The other problem was that I wanted to install Chrome. I finally found it on Google and downloaded it. It took me awhile to figure out how to get it installed, though. Just part of the learning curve. No biggie.
Mint is NICE! Now I wish I hadn't spent the money on upgrading Windows. I've only had it installed for two hours, but I'm finding my way around without any problems. LibreOffice looks great. Actually, everything does.
I know I'm supposed to use this forum to ask questions and get help and I probably will as time goes by, but the only question I have right now is, Why did it take me so long to find Linux Mint???