Originally Posted by nathris
Don't bother. Fallback mode is crap too.
I suppose I should have seen this coming, when they mangled GDM in 2.28. (Instead of using a nice utility to theme GDM they removed 90% of the functionality and made it so you had to log in as GDM and set the appearance, just like you would a normal user)
They've basically done the same thing, only this time with the whole system. Nothing but reduced functionality and extra work. Just like with GDM they've removed utilities without replacing them. You can't even properly theme it or adjust the panels.
Gnome is supposed to be simple, efficient, and clean. Gnome 3.0 is none of those. In fact, its more of a complete failure than KDE 4.0, which at least had some direction, and some hope of bug fixes. Gnome 3.0 isn't buggy, its just bad. I can see now why Ubuntu went ahead with Unity, because even Unity is an improvement.
I think I'm going to switch over to KDE. I could keep using Gnome 2, but the Gnome project clearly has no future, so its better if I just get used to KDE now.
I was prepared to give Gnome shell a chance, but it wouldn't run on both my laptop and desktop (I can understand the triple monitor desktop setup, but the laptop should have worked).
In the end, I switched to KDE, the most recent version is a lot better than it used to be, and I'm pretty happy using it.