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Linux Mint Software Sources
One common reason you used to need the shell was to set things up so you could easily install exotic software that wasn't ready for prime time. Now, if you're inclined to be experimental with your programs, Mint's Software Sources makes it easy to add Linux software repositories.
Have as many desktops as you'd like
Want more than one desktop? No problem. Mint makes setting up and switching from one desktop to another via hot spots simple.
Last, but not least, Linux Mint also makes it working with proprietary and exotic hardware drivers easy with its new Driver Manager. Mint really goes out of its way to make even the most difficult Linux corner cases easy to handle.