Ubuntu was a nice noob's distro for a while, but recently they've gone off the rails by many peoples accounts.

Here's an article from Extremetech concerning the problems with Ubuntu and a little about Linux Mint
But then came Canonicalís press release about moving towards tablets and mobile devices.
Suddenly it all clicked: Unity was the beta of a touch interface.
I downloaded Mint a while ago. It's a very mature and gorgeous desktop linux imho, and i love the cute console.