Mint 6 is the best gnome linux, in fact best ever Linux I've ever used.
Just spent a day or so trying to install it, got there in the end.
Installs ok but basically when the restricted hardware thingy pops up and selecting the 'recommended' nvidia 177 driver I get the old 'kinit no resume image and prompt' issue and a startx gives 'fatal no screens found'
Choosing the nvidia 173 driver works fine.
ps - I'll being changing my screen-shots to Mint on the page below....