Not sure what version of linux mint you got out of the magazine, but i'd recommend getting it directly from their website for a full version.
Also try Ubuntu which is what Linux Mint is based off of, my favorite version personally is Kubuntu so I'd recommend trying that.
The difference between Ubuntu and Kubuntu is that Kubuntu comes pre-installed with a KDE GUI. Which in non jargon terms, means its a version of linux a window user can easily use. You can download it here: http://www.kubuntu.org/