Looks are not the problem, it's all about functionality. I was happy with gnome when you could right click on the background and select new terminal. Terminals, 8 vitual desktops, the time/date on the title bar and working copy/paste (by working I mean select with left mouse button and paste with middle, not windows key combinations. If I'm using the mouse I don't see why I should be forced to use the keyboard as well). That was all I wanted, unfortunately gnome seems to have broken pretty much all of that. I don't really care, I've moved on, I'm using xfce.