Originally Posted by Steve R.
I did a quick test with Mint, and it was successful. The screen seemed brighter and crisper than Ubuntu, probably because Mint used "cold" colors versus Ubuntu's "warm" colors. Based on a quick read, minute seems to be more open source focused than Ubuntu. Which is a major plus. Ubuntu seems to be developing a "sales" relationship orientation. Which is a negative. Well they (Ubuntu) have to make money, so that is the "cost" of having a free operating system.
Amazon.com has two books on administrating a Mint system.
The Linux Mint Beginner's Guide (Computer Beginner's Guides) [Kindle Edition]
Linux Mint System Administrator's Beginner's Guide [Paperback]
I will keep exploring the Mint option. If Ubuntu doesn't fix a couple of issues with release 13.01, that will be a powerful motivator to move to Mint. For now wait and see.
It's all about preferences
Personally I prefer Mint. Because of the Cinnamon environment, the way it looks and works. Never really liked GNOME 3 the way that system works. Just like I can't get used to Unity on Ubuntu.
Mint works fine here. Been using it since version 10. Now running 14 Nadya
And about the sales stuff. True enough. Mint gets it's money through donations. Ubuntu is far more commercial.