Daveski17, if you want "the original" as you say, then you'd use Debian, which has all the same conveniences as Ubuntu. Mint has taken Ubuntu and added value to that. There is also LMDE (Linux Mint Debian), which is based on Debian. One nice thing Mint has is Cinnamon, which Ubuntu folks don't offer, you have add it via a PPA. Bottom line: They all have their advantages and drawbacks. I have used all 3 extensively, and IMO they're all equally good. Just because one distro does it differently than another doesn't make that distro better or worse.