I'm a perpetual Linux newbie, starting with Fedora in the mid 1990s. After sampling quite a few distros including OpenSUSE, Ubuntu of course, Mint, a specialty distro called Navigatrix, and a few others that didn't stay around long enough to remember, I discovered this gem called Solus. I'm not afraid to admit that I'm after a distro that has a windows feel to it. This fits the bill, but also has the flexibility that keeps me tied to Linux.
After installing Solus/Budgie on a partition on a spare HDD, I was impressed enough to wipe W7 off my main drive and do a full install. So far I am not disappointed. Everything just works, as some have said. The only issue I've had so far was the software center at the beginning, but help, it seems, is never far away. After some research I was directed to the magical SUDO EOPKG UP command, and everything just started to work. This is the first distro I've used that didn't start breaking just as I was getting up to speed, so I have high hopes for it. Someday I plan on figuring out how to compile my own stuff and maybe, maybe even contribute to the project if I get good at it.