My story has been told by others already: started with DOS3.3, Windows 3.1, 95, 98, even ME, 2000 (at wotk) XP, a very short time Vista (guess you all know why) and before 7 came out I transferred to Linux: Ubuntu's Hardy Heron 8.04.
This was followed by 9.04 and 10.04 (never used the .10 releases cause they were not as good, so I've read). By the time 11.04 arrived it was time to quit using Ubuntu because of the dreadful Unity and Gnome 3. This is where Microsoft got the idea on how to build 8 and newer.
I then moved over to Mint and although, and even last weekend I tried it again, I have tried other distributions somehow my computer doesn't like them and it only runs well on Mint.
The first Mints I used the Gnome2 versions but suddenly I moved to KDE and still use it. I simply love it, it is so customizable, it looks great, works great, and the idea that it is slower than other DE's is, to me at least, a myth.
Mint is based on Ubuntu but I never use Ubuntu again. I simply don't like where they are going. I mean when I search for something on the net I want real answers, not answers from Amazon and others like that. Here in Holland we don't have Amazon (afaik) and I hope it stays like that.
I have tried using Kubuntu but it just doesn't do what I want it to do, so it was Mint KDE again, very fast.
Just as many other users I use the computer for browsing the net, emailing, using an office program for text and spreadsheets, listen to music, watching videos, nothing hightech. The system just has to run when I want it to run, it has to be stable, fast, and most of all: safe. And so, I come back to my story on the community pages: The 3 S'es. (http://community.linuxmint.com/idea/view/1123