Re: I think I have lost my mind . . .
Gnome here. Menu management, available packages and over all performance just seem more robust, more intuitively layed out and much snappier to me. I also have never (not since fc2 days..I should say) had Gnome crash on me. I played with the last 3 versions of KDE and while it's coming along nicely, I always, always wind up with some type of crash.
I also played with Enlightenment for a long time. That's a desktop that has a seriously kick-ass WOW factor if set up properly, but it can drive you crazy configuring it.
As far as the NV drivers, I figured out what I was doing wrong, and the last 2 installs were quick and painless..kudos to nv for great support.