As you may have guessed I do rather like Linux Mint and indeed I have now been running it for about 3 years on two different netbooks. Well as much as I like Mint 13 XFCE (see the review here), the latest version Mint 15 Olivia has been described as ” not merely the best Linux desktop, it’s the best desktop operating system of all.” by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols over at ZDNet. He argues that for power users the user interface is perfect and worryingly for Microsoft that Mint is more user friendly than Metro in Windows 8. Especially for those who may be familiar with XP/7 but who as yet have never used Linux.
Linux is horses for courses really. In my view it is nowhere near as polished as Mac OS X and struggles with certain graphics cards. It is generally very stable but again Max OS X is (provided you never install a virus scanner) consistently more stable. That said Linux offers bags of free software all of which are perfectly good for home and some business users. Sure for the most part they are not as nice to look at as the paid for options but more often than not they do exactly what you need. Also Linux is often more secure than Windows and Mac OS X even if this is sometimes down to accident rather than design.