Re: @Geoffrey W
Yep, Linux Mint is soooo nearly there, being a Rasbery PI owner I'm familiar with the ISO image writing to USB thingy and creating a bootable installers.
So, fresh hard drive in my main rig, kicked the process off and screen went black. I was pretty confident it was a graphic driver issue ( I mean, who'd expect support for an NVIDIA GTX 970 ) but it still took me a while of head scratching to find out the right set of instructions to tell me what to edit on the GRUB boot-loader command (actually, on a hunch, I ended up unplugging my graphics card and using the built in Intel Graphics before that bit, to prove I was on the right track)
So all I'm saying is that I'm hoping the graphics driver work done to the new kernel helps with that NVIDIA support, as my experience shows Linux is still is an OS that not accessible to everyone.
I did find a nice "15 things to do after installing Linux Mint" video on Youtube that also pointed me in the right direction of maintenance tasks, etc.