Linux Mint is not as famous as some of the other distros of linux, I wonder why .. I recently came to know about Linux Mint ..So I installed it after knowing that Mint is based on Ubuntu.
Linux Mint is 98% Ubuntu . It offers excellent Interface. It borrows its start menu from OpenSuse. And the best part is that it provides inbuilt codecs and other softwares, so you can start working with it right away. And the installation took me less than 10 minutes. There are essential softwares which are provided with Linux Mint .
So Ubuntu /Kubuntu fans , do try this..