This thread is more-or-less a continuation of another thread here at Bleeping Computer (this one http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/603121/linux-distro-easy-usability-basic-user/page-6) so that we don't completely derail that other thread. I just installed Peppermint Linux for the first time yesterday, and I have only played with it for a few hours, so this is really just a thread for everybody to discuss Peppermint Linux and not a detailed review of Peppermint Linux.
First of all the install. It seemed easy and straight forward with all of the options that you expect to find when installing a Linux distro. The installation made it easy to choose third party CODECs as part of the installation as well as nice and easy to understand options that allow an easy configuration beside a Windows installation. The only thing I might complain about is that the installation did take considerably longer than some distros that I have installed, but not too, too long.
The first thing that one might notice upon opening Peppermint Linux is the dark theme. The name Peppermint led me to expect a bright cheery theme, instead the desktop is a vibrant dark theme. Not a turn off at all, just unexpected.
This operating system is easy to configure. It ships with Chromium or some such web browser, but it was easy enough for me to install Firefox and get up and running in no time. All of the settings are handy and allow for a quick user-friendly configuration right away. My usual problem of establishing sound with my outboard USB DAC is an ongoing issue with every distro that I install, but within minutes I was able to get YouTube to play as well as my music files. Nice.
The only negative for me is the start menu, if you want to call it that. The application menu is located in the lower left hand corner of the screen, just like the operating system that comes out of Redmond. This particular application menu is totally uninspiring and reminds me of Windows XP. In my opinion I prefer the way that Linux Mint's application menu looks and feels, but the standard one provided in Peppermint is functional.
Of course these are just some quick observations and I invite everybody to add their own insights and experiences to this thread.