On Friday I downloaded and installed the newest Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon edition. I have been waiting anxiously to switch from Ubuntu 14.04. Now I have, and I am very pleased.
There were some very minor customizations I had to make. First, I had to change the wallpaper. I switched it to the beach scene. Second, I adjusted the Clock Settings, switching it to 12 hour display and to Display date. Third, and a little more serious, I installed gufw from the Software Manager. This is the Firewall graphical user interface for UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall). Forth, I installed ttf-mscorefonts-installer, which are the fonts used by Microsoft Windows.
Installation was flawless. Installed my Nvidia drivers, rebooted, and it works great. My overall impression has been very good. It is such a relief to finally be back to Linux Mint. They just do things right. The software choices make sense. The only real change I made is installing and using Google Chrome as my default browser. Although Firefox has gotten much better, I use a lot of Google services.
My final judgment? Linux Mint 17 gets a 5 stars out of 5. And of course, it is now my desktop of choice. I am already giving a DVD to a friend of mine.