"This tutorial shows how you can set up a Linux Mint 5 Elyssa R1
desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop,
i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things
they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you
get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old
hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.
Linux Mint 5 is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 8.04 that has
lots of packages in its repositories (like multimedia codecs, Adobe
Flash, Adobe Reader, Skype, Google Earth, etc.) that are relatively
hard to install on other distributions; it therefore provides a
user-friendly desktop experience even for Linux newbies..."