Yes they work the same as a regular hard drive. I don't believe linux automatically enables trim though.
Most modern linux's enable TRIM (discard) and other ssd optimizations like relatime/noatime by default.
In which case I guess they added it to the kernel since last time I used it.
I say the same as Spectre694, this must be a new thing. Last time I installed Linux Mint to a SSD, had to add a lot of code to enable TRIM.
And being that normally Windows 7 can't see the Linux Mint install, say if like one has Intel SSD Toolbox or Samsung Magician, a manual TRIM may not work.
Here's how I enabled TRIM on Linux Mint 16. There are other tutorials, but they're all much the same. http://namhuy.net/1563/how-to-tweak-and-optimize-ssd-for-ubuntu-linux-mint.html