actually been on the sidelines with computers and linux since 1988
1993 saw me earning income
late 90's - wanted more than MS and played with linux
used to go to PLUG ( Perth Linux User Group ) @ UWA approx 150 Kms round trip for me......
finally corel linux came along ........ there was light BUT MS soon closed that door :)
gave up for years ............. then read about LXDE.... tried it and loved it
I've got my 78 year old dutch electrician running it as well .......... never had a computer so reliable :) ( also the least amount of calls for help!!! )
currently have about 1/2 a doz installs with friends around the place testing..
hoping they will make the leap.
Also playing with SWIFT....on really old harware
Love the combo of LMDE and the LX desktop