Or maybe not a week. It's been a long time since I was good at distinguishing one day from another. But "About a Week, Maybe..." makes for a horrible post title. The point is that I've spent several days on this new-to-me computer (courtesy one nail-spitting rat bastard), and I haven't learned a whole helluva lot. That's because Mint is (mostly) user-friendly. There hasn't been a steep learning curve -- it's more like a learning flatline -- for basic use.
That said, there are a few things I've found that I like quite a bit, and a few things that I still don't understand. I'm still not sure how to install software through any means other than the software manager. I still don't know what, exactly, the package manager does. I still have some trepidation regarding the terminal. But I know enough to make a couple of recommendations.
My second recommendation is MyPaint. This does not, unfortunately, replace Paint.NET. I haven't found anything that does. But it does replace Corel Painter Eseentials 4, and to some degree, LiveBrush. For how I draw, it may actually be better-suited than either of those apps. And that's a very good thing, indeed! The only down side is that I can't get it to save to anything other than scrap. I can't choose filenames when saving to scrap. I can't change where files are saved, even though all of those options are supposed to be available in the software. (But it's still an improvement on using Xara Xtreme, which won't save or export, at all.)
One of the main pleasantries about switching to Mint has been that I can use Chrome again. Or, in this case, Chromium. That's something I haven't been able to do since upgrading Windows XP from SP2 to SP3! 'Least not without constant BSODs!
And the thing that I miss the most? Gmail Notifier. Sure, there's a Linux alternative, but it doesn't include alert sounds. I need alert sounds! Under Windows XP, I was able to hear email alert sounds from anywhere in the house. Now? Sorry kids, but it may be a while before I reply to you, because I have no audible signal that you've emailed me!
And here's a bonus quick tip: Go into keyboard shortcuts and disable Alt + Space. I can't tell you how many times I've lost my window menus by accidentally hitting that combo when I was aiming for Super + Space!
But the best thing? The absolute best thing about switching to Linux Mint? I plugged in my Wacom Bamboo Fun, and it worked. I didn't have to install a damned thing. The same applies to my Creative Zen mp3 player, and my Canon PowerShot SD1000 digital camera.
To steal a line from my days on Mac OS 9, "It just works."