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Distribution: Xubuntu 12.04, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu Server 12.04
First, welcome to the community.
Second, Mint 8 is somewhat outdated and out of support, so the first cool trick would be to learn how to upgrade to the current Mint 12. Maybe it's easier to directly install Mint 12 before you start using.
Regarding your question: GNU/Linux is a full blown operating system (and Mint a really big collection of applications and tools), you can do anything you want on it.
So, what do you think is cool? What do you want to customize? Is your question about eye candy on the GUI, would you like to learn working on the command line, would you like to develop software or are you just looking for great games? Do you like graphics editing or video cut?
Tell us what you're looking for and somebody will point you the way.
You might also browse the list of available (installable) applications and just install whatever sounds interesting to you.
I noticed you're posting from a mac. What is it about the mac, that appeals to you? The Gnu/Linux os is so flexible, you can make it work almost exactly the same as a mac, or on the flip side, almost exactly the opposite of a mac.
check this out. http://maketecheasier.com/turn-your-...ard/2008/07/23
That websight talks bout Ubuntu Gnu/Linux but those steps can apply to any Gnu/Linux distribution that uses the gnome2/mate desktop environment.
Hi, if you want to begin with linux another good option to start instead of Linux Mint and Ubuntu is Zorin OS (Ubuntu and Debian based system), look for it I think you will find it a bit familiar because it has the option to change how the environment looks and you can select Windows 7 look, Windows XP look and Classic GNOME look so once you start the system from the live DVD it looks more familiar and it could make the learning and getting used proccess more comfortable and maybe even easier.
It's up to you, see you soon.