So, after nuking everything except Mint, I installed Fedora 20 Xfce spin and set it up to my liking again. It’s been my daily OS since then. Yesterday, I found a pretty cool script for adding a few things that I’m going to want every time I have to reinstall (not that I hope that’s a constant chore). EasyLife. Made it simple to add codecs, fonts, and Nvidia support (had I needed it on this computer).
Anyway, it’s becoming less and less of a hassle to just fire up my computer and use it. My wife has even used it some. I won’t “make” her switch over, but I’m very confident that she could if we needed her to.