Several years ago I ran Linux as my main desktop OS for over a year and was pretty happy, but needed to use some Windows apps which would not work under WINE and did not want to dual boot so I switched back to Windows.
Now I am so disgusted with Microsoft at Windows 8 (I have a PC, not a tablet?!?) I've decided to go back to Linux. Also, trying to fix a neighbor's laptop for free (don't have the disk to re-install Windows that came with it) so I'm putting Linux on it.
Mint looked like the most complete and straight forward choice.
The difficulty I've encountered trying to get the notebook's Broadcom 4312 "low power" WiFi adapter working has been so frustrating it's senseless. I've been working with UNIX since the mid 1980's and professionally supported multiple flavors of UNIX for years - frankly, I'm shocked at how hard it has been to find an easy solution for getting the driver to work. I thought at least by now there would be some kind of graphical interface which would still show the device even if the driver was missing and give me some option [button to click] to search for a driver from additional repositories?
On the other hand, I have been delighted at how well Mint works on desktop PCs - stick in the USB drive, boot, and EVERYTHING works right away. It is truly wonderful to see how far Linux as a Desktop OS has come and how easy it can be (if you don't have a laptop with WiFi anyway). It is annoying that NTFS drives don't seem to mount properly and I was confused why I was getting a message about running out of disk space when I had allocated gigabytes more than nesc. for "persistant storage" when using the USB tool which builds the bootable USB for you...
If I think of all the times I've dealt with malware headaches with relatives, friends, and clients and the idea of having a couple spare cheap USB drives where I could tell them : if you infect your PC, just stick this USB drive in and you'll be back up and running in minutes t's practically eliminated the need for 90% of tech work right there
I have to see how it works to put Steam (and some Steam games) on a Live USB stick.