MADDSNIPER, your enthusiasm reminds me of how I felt back when I got Linux up and running for the first time. I love reading these kinds of posts!
There is a learning curve of course but most of the time it is more fun than anything else. There is a certain sense of accomplishment when you get things all set up to your liking. There are some terrific people in the community that will jump in and give you a hand when you need it. Glad you are enjoying Linux Mint!
Edit: Check out Orbmiser's flicker account. This guy is a brilliant photographer and you will surely find some great desktop backgrounds!