Well, times do change.
I'm now using Ubuntu 14.04. But really, I am and I'm not ...
I never really liked Ubuntu's default desktop, so I began to overlay it with a "front end" called Cinnamon, which makes finding and launching the program you want easy. The problem was that every time I upgraded my Ubuntu, I had to reinstall Cinnamon and it's a pain in the backside to get right. Then I realised that there's such a thing as Linux Mint - a Linux distribution which is based upon Ubuntu and includes Cinnamon as a default in one of its versions. So now I'm running Linux Mint 17, which uses Ubuntu 14.04 as its base.
Cinnamon seems to be second nature to me, which is probably a function of my age - it's reminiscent of things I became used to in the distant past when PCs were simpler things which did what you wanted them to do with no argument. Anyway, I like it.
The secret of life is to aim below the head (With thanks to MMM)