> I always thought the goal of GNOME was to create a
> universal desktop. Something for everyone.
> maybe my impression was just always wrong.
I think perception is key here - in particular the perception that the shell is all there is. It is not.. under the hood I've discovered that Gnome 3 is pretty much like Gnome 2 except it's cleaner. After using gnome tweak tool to enable the nautilus-controlled desktop and window buttons, and adding a panel with an app menu (I use LxPanel) it's basically back to the same old stuff I know and love. The shell is optional.. LxPanel, desktop icons etc work fine with the shell running, or make a plain nautilus/panel session without the shell.
The real question is will the nautilus desktop functionality remain intact?