Mint user from the UK, used Linux on and off since 1997. Don't work in IT at all, but drive trains for a living, so don't have time to sit around compiling stuff for a laugh, or spending ages editing configuration files, so very interested in a desktop Linux that "just works". Started on Debian, played around with Red Hat (before it was all corporate) and Slackware, but as time doesn't really permit for messing around, since then been using Ubuntu for ages until the whole Unity kerfuffle (familiar pattern here), and thought I'd give Mint a go. Very very impressed. Started with Mint 12, found it was pretty good, but Mint 13 really was the business. Just recently upgraded to 14 and the direction the operating system is going in, is amazing. I really appreciate the work everyone has put into it. Interestingly enough with Windows 8 emerging, a fair few people I know have seriously considered dumping Windows once 7 starts to become obsolete. I have recommended Mint and those who have tried it, have adopted it as their system of choice. I use it on my custom built desktop (14, 64bit with Cinnamon) and on a cheap Acer netbook (13, 32bit with Mate) I picked up (where it installed first time out of the box with no messing about).
Keep up the good work, it makes a refreshing change to see that people actually listen to what users really want!