For those who have been here a while, you'll remember I was struggling with Ubuntu and my problems with Unity. I liked it in theory, but in actual use it needed some love, and Ubuntu forced you to move over. So I tried Mint, an Ubuntu-based Linux flavor that seemed to give me all that I loved about Ubuntu without the crap.
It's been true love ever since.
Today I'm putting Mint on my beloved new desktop, after taking a look at Ubuntu and reading reviews on the improvements. They weren't kind. For those it works for, it works great. For the rest of us, tough cookie and better luck next time.
I will always love Ubuntu, and will eventually have all three on here, because I've seen me do it. Windows is driving me batshit crazy, and I expect Mint to carry my work while Windows just eases the occasional compatibility issue that comes up. I'm even going to play with Cinnamon, and likely review it here.
The great news is this: no matter what your experience level (I'm not all that when it comes to Linux, just loyal) there is a Linux out there for you now. If pretty matters, you can have it. If function means more than anything, you can have that too. And because it's free, you can try and test to your heart's content and eventually have your computer just how you want it.