The last time I played around with Linux I really liked Mint too. I tried several others as well most of which I forget right now, but Ubuntu was one of them too.
I got it running in a VM with very few problems and tweaked the settings a bit until I was pretty happy with it.
It ran a little slow, but I attributed this to running in a VM.
I put it on a USB stick and booted from that so no VM. Every time I did that I had about 2-3 minutes where everything worked great and then it hit a wall. It wouldn't freeze completely, it just was like I imagine a dinosaur being caught in a tarpit.
I did manage to open up a shell and run ps -ef, but no processes seemed to be hogging anything.
I tried to find a solution on the internet, but gave up before I found one.
That was sometime last year. I'm about ready to try again. I may just buy a desktop that is known to already work with a particular distro of Linux rather than trying to make it work on the laptop I normally use.
What was really frustrating was that everything worked just fine in the VM and there wasn't a single thing that I do in Windows that I couldn't do in Mint. (obviously other people's mileage may vary on that).
I just want the system to stay out of the way and be stable and I feel foolish for all the Windows problems I experience. I either don't have the patience or am too ignorant to fix some of them.