TsVk!, I agree, Linux MInt is a very easy to use Linux distro, and this is why I push it to those looking to ditch Windows. As long as the computer is connected to the Internet and accessories such as printers are plugged in & turned on during the install, the drivers are loaded when rebooted.
I also like the fact that updates are in real time, not one time per month, and as of late, there's been more updates. The cool thing is that post install, as with most other Ubuntu based Linux OS's, only one update round is needed, and I've seen times when Linux Mint fully updated faster than the handful after a .NET Framework 4.0 install. That would trigger about a dozen updates that would take a long time to finish.
Other areas where Mint has improved is that unlike a couple of years back, the default Firefox browser is kept up to date, used to be it was two versions behind, and if one installs Google Chrome, the Update Manager takes care of that too. Plus if one uses Firefox Sync or is signed into Google Chrome on Windows, their bookmarks & most extensions will install to Linux Mint.
I do agree with Nick that the safest way to perform online transactions is by a bootable Linux OS, if one keeps their install media, this serves the same purpose quite well, as long as it isn't too old. Some sites wants as recent as a browser as possible, that's why I keep a copy of Lightweight Portable Security on hand, it's only a 400MB download, though I realize that non-US countries may have trouble accessing the media. They notify me by email about every three months when a newer one is released.
Puppy is good for some, but it's not for everyone. I keep a copy of FatDog64 to boot into 64 bit computers to determine if their hardware or OS is at fault, and that's the extent of it. It loads as fast as greased lightning at 250MB, which is why I prefer it to a 1+GB Linux install media for that purpose.
However, unless something goes wrong, and I don't expect it to, LInux Mint MATE will be my desktop choice for years to come. After having running it since 2009 for much of my tasks, and haven't used Windows for a transaction for nearly three years, feeling guilty that I laid down $75 for two Windows 8 Pro upgrades in late 2012, I donated the same amount to the MInt project last year. It's a shame, that $75 was wasted, as I only boot into both one time a month to update the OS & other software, and until the next month, that's it.
There are going to be two more Linux MInt updates on the same Ubuntu version, the MInt team aren't waiting around for every Ubuntu release before they improve their OS (the short releases). As I read it in another article, these are more like a service pack, rather than a full release, but will still offer more with each one.
The next full release of Linux Mint won't be until another Ubuntu LTS is released, unless Clem changes his mind.