Although, I have a machine running Peppermint, which is based on Ubuntu, and would recommend it as a beginner friendly distro, please be aware of this. It got me by surprise, and if it ever becomes a reallity, I'll wipe my SSD. I won't use a system based on such a crap.
Invest some time and if you move to Linux at least consider Void and Alpine, or as @JuvenalUrbino suggested, Slackware.
EDIT: Just saw your issue with the mouse... sorry, but I wouldn't know, I don't use one ?