- you can propose an application or improvement and pay its developers to make it. Opensource in the end.
- software is a lot more stable, usually you will never ever need to go in console or tty. ever.
- the updates are divided by privileges, so by default it does not update the packages possibly requiring knowledge or those able to break the system. This is ideal for newbies.
- no stupid marketing and corporate zombifying, just trying to make good and easy desktop os.
- there is edition capable of running on top of debian.
Mint is ubuntu done right.