I like Ubuntu also, however it seems to need a little polishing which is what LinuxMint does. linuxMint is now rated as #1 on the distrowatch list. Mint polishes a lot of things on Ubuntu. When I do the first or later updates on Ubuntu it seems to work quirky I don't know why. The incident about the read only partition above is an example. But I do like ubuntu.
I've been stuck with KDE Linuxmint 12, with the very fancy KDE interface, I'm starting to like it a little although I have pulled in many programs from Synaptic and Gnome. It started out as KDE LM 12 RC, did the upgrade online to bring it to final, then my KDE LM update manager icon disappeared! I think I have to reinstall KDE LM 12 final. The standard gnome version is not capable of booting/running on this computer. I have it on the others but it doesn't like this one. Ubuntu gnome worked however it became quirky after updates.