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As of 14 April 2013, I've been using Linux Mint MATE for all my computing needs, and I'm quite satisfied with Mint 14. The interface is simple, robust, powerful, easy to understand. You don't need to be a linux guru to use Mint. If you prefer a more advanced interface, however, Mint also has a very adequate terminal emulator running bash that ships with MATE, and it is of course highly customizable, as Linux often strives to be.
Sadly, however, wireless card support doesn't always ship out of the box, meaning that you need to download the firmware installer from the repositories. This needs a bit of command-line work, but nothing huge. I had to install the b43-firmware-installer package from the repository to activate my wireless card...I'm not sure how common this is among users.
Overall, Linux Mint 14 Nadia is a quality distribution. Granted, there might be a bit of ironing out to do following installation, but it's not very difficult. Once the distro has been prepared to your liking, it is far superior to Ubuntu. "Ubuntu done right," as some say. And indeed, MATE is not as RAM-devouring as Unity(though I must confess that Unity is quite pretty). Linux Mint is perhaps one of the best- if not the best- Linux distributions in existence. I wholly recommend it to new and advanced users alike.
Ubuntu 12.10 has the excellent Unity GUI, which, although not as flexible/customizable as we would like, is user friendly, intuitive, and quite pretty. Sadly, it doesn't work too well with older computers; Unity craves RAM. Otherwise, I found it fairly stable, and would definitely recommend it for any machine that could run Windows Vista and up.