I wanted to personalize my PC. Windows wouldn't let me do that unless I upgraded to Ultimate: Sir, please cough up $299-- !
We all know how Windows has become profitable; it was designed so that you will always need to get more additional elements to get what you want.
With a nice price attached to that. Not with Linux (Mint)...
How did I discover Linux ?
Well, I knew of Linux for at least twenty years already, but thought it was only for absolute geeks and poor Oxford University professors.
And that it had only that terminal-like environment.
One day my Windows crashed (yes, I raped Windows to get it to do what I want without spending -more- money on it).
Someone directed me to Live-CDs, and they were Linux based, and had a decent Graphical User Interface.
Three more crashes later I decided to further investigate Linux, to see if it could possibly meet my demands.
Then I started experimenting with Linuxes. Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu. DreamLinux, PCLinuxOS... I ended liking Mint best for its design, it is indeed very elegant, although I would like it to be less gray by default. This since it is the first impression of Linux that former Windows users will get. First impressions are extremely important in any relationship and so too with Linux.
So, Mint team: OUT WITH THE GRAY DEFAULTS !!!
Important for me opting for Mint was also the availability of proprietary drivers out-of-the-box. GNU is nice as long as it doesn't restrict or obstruct me or anything I want. And that is true freedom ! And Mint is just very accessible for anyone coming from Windows.
And I love the name Mint : Please never change that !