My primary OS is Vista, but do have my laptop configured to dual boot into Ubuntu if I so choose. I just launched a few minutes ago, as I replaced the router and was too lazy to find the new password for the secure connection. Anyway, I noticed that my version is 11.10, and from viewing a bunch of videos on youtube about various Linux distros, I know that I'm now two full releases behind the times.
Should I bother updating to 12.10 or just concentrate on just updating the rest of the packages?
From watching those youtube vids, it appears that the UI has changed a fair bit, but still recognizable. I do like the looks of Mint as well (and zorin 5/6 and pinguyOS), but most of the tech heads tend to agree that ubuntu is perhaps the best flavor for the beginner.