I started using Linux on the desktop sometime around the year 2000. I started with Redhat personal edition 6 and from there I encountered and started using Redhat, Mandriva, Debian, Fedora (core), Ubuntu, Arch, Suse, and many others. The problem is that although the basics were usually good, you actually always ran into problems sooner or later, from no longer working graphical environments, to programs that stopped working after updates, and driver misery .. with the result often the manually compile and install programs, libraries, or even kernels .. and spend hours working with the commandline to find out what goes wrong and how you could fix it.
Especially in school time, because I had plenty of time to experiment with it, and to look for solutions to problems, and that’s how I got to know Linux pretty well. I looked at Linux mint for years because I saw it as “noob distribution”.
Later I worked 6 days a week, often for about an hour or 60, and in particular my PC had to do it, and at some point I dropped linux and went for windows 7, no more hassle with the command line, change configuration files , and digging through logs to see which library was nagging again .. But in the end friends persuaded me to give mint (cinnamon) a chance .. So grabbed an old hard disk and installed mint, and I didn’t look into windows anymore..
Now a little more than 2 years later I actually only had one problem after upgrading from linux mint 18.3 to 19.1, and that is more because I use a rather non-standard combination of wine and proton to run adobe lightroom.
Mint is actually made in such a way that you do not need the “normal use” terminal, but it is possible if you like it. Almost everywhere they have a working UI, they also have a nice “welcome screen” that you send directly to the driver manager in the “first steps” tab to select and install external drivers (eg 3d card drivers), the update manager to set up your updates, and set up system snapshots as a backup of your OS.
I often have an 11-year-old here who used to have windows from home, and after a “huh, this looks different to home” (when she was 9 or 10), she never actually had to ask how something worked. Only the names of programs sometimes took some getting used to (writer instead of word, calc instead of excel, impress instead of powerpoint etc).
It is nice to see that she now does what I used to do, mess with all desktop environments and all the options that are in it to have the “coolest” PC, but with one big difference .. she now has timeshift to restore things when the total runs smoothly