I took a stab at linux back in 2001, but it was too much for me. I remember having a devil of a time just getting the simplest things installed, and I'm ashamed to say I gave up. (it didn't help my motivation that I had a free version of XP to play with).
I'm an enthusiast-level programmer, and enjoy the puzzle that is creating databases... so when I was faced with reinstalling XP (again!) after it pooped out, and I read that microsuck was abandoning XP, I went looking for alternatives.
Helloooooooooo MINT! I'm loving life. I've been using Libra Office for over a year, and now with Mint I'm happy to get off the MS bandwagon entirely. I still have a Win7 machine, but that's the light-duty, no graphics card, SSD HDD web surfer for the wife & kids. My workhorse computer that pipes audio throughout my house and does the real work is now sporting Mint!
I'm very satisfied to have overcome the Mint15 difficulty w/ the ATI Radeon cards, and I'm also proud to have successfully installed Command & Conquer Generals. I'm impressed that Mint has built-in drivers for my Turtle Beach Riviera and my networked HP printer.
Thanks for all the help this community and forum has provided me so far! As I get better, hopefully I'll be able to give back a little.
Mint installed on my still-rockin' budget build from '08:
3ghz Athlon 64 dualcore on DFI LP DK w/ 4g DDR2, Radeon HD 4850 & Turtle Beach Riviera
Win7 on my lite build of 2012:
3.1ghz i3 dualcore on Biostar H61 w/ 8g DDR3, Crucial M4 128g SSD