Peppermint, another Ubuntu derivative is going through a rapid transformation.
I had to figure out how to boot it when I first downloaded it but the latest version boots automatically without a hassle.
It is fast to boot and install and light weight.
Added Google Viewer and Documents in its package which is a welcome a change.
Gets over 800 points from me which is above average.
Good for a newbie.
The synaptic repository have enormous collection of extra packages.
It has given a new face to Ubuntu clones.
Go and enjoy it.