So I got a corrupted OS screen boot on my laptop the other day and with no thought whatsoever I decided to reload Windows XP. After going through the 30 minute install(which is odd considering I have an SSD) I was warmly greeted with an instant BSOD upon restarting for the first time. It dawned on me that I'm installing a 10 year old operating system and while it's ok to enjoy some things that I liked 10 years ago most of them I do not like. So I quickly reached for my GParted disc and formatted the drive. Now I've used Ubuntu before, like 4 years ago, and it was ok. I had to unpack drivers and do all sorts of things I had no idea I was doing but I quickly found out that alot has changed in recent updates. Version 8 was the latest at the time but I stumbled upon Linux Mint 11 which might as well be Ubuntu 11(from what I know). So I downloaded it, burned a CD(yes not a DVD ), and installed it. The install was quick, easy, and Free . So I've been playing around with Mint and I've gotta say it's a well polished OS. It's not as snappy as Win7, definitely get some lag here and there but it's really a contender as a main OS. I've got all the control I want with my knowledge as the only limiting factor. Windows gives you control of what Windows wants you to have control of, and well MAC OSX is control-less. I've already found out about other free programs like Wine and Crossover that can only sweeten this Minty Fresh Install. I'm really happy I decided to give Linux a try and explore the possibilities. Just thought I'd share.