I can't stand Gnome Shell, even though I've been using it for a few months. I like the vision, but for now it's too painful and counterproductive. From the release notes, it doesn't sound like F16 alpha addresses the pain.
I've been a dedicated RedHat and then Fedora Linux user since 1995. As of today, I've decided to download and try Linux Mint, which reportedly contains Gnome 2. If Mint doesn't work out, I'll be switching from Fedora to CentOS 6 (which has Gnome 2) until Gnome Shell matures to a less painful state.
Pain points of Gnome Shell:
- Some keyboard shortcuts are different
- Dual screen desktop switching only switches a single screen
- No quick launch icons (single click -- not buried in an Activities submenu) without installing an extra tweak addon. I use quick launch icons more frequently than I thought.
- No system monitor tray applet.
- ALT-F2 command history is lacking.
- No wobbly windows. I know it's only eye candy, but I miss it.
- Power off is hidden by default. Maybe I'm unusual, but I do power off my machine frequently.
- I have to install several tweaks to make it even approach being usable.
- Too many clicks to get the old application menus back. I love being able to type what I want in order to load it quickly, but finding things in the list is painful. And when I type "terminal", it's hard to distinguish between the terminal applications that are available. Which one is gnome-terminal and which one is the XFCE terminal?
- What's with the trend to make the active window have a window border that looks almost the same as inactive windows? I like having a very distinct window border that's different from inactive windows.