Here is my problem,
I noticed most comments got carried away by constantly bashing Gnome 3.x despite the very instruction and extensions available. Most of them keep complaining how their favourite applet/extensions are missing while aware DE was launched as core and extensibility in mind.
As for power consumption, has anyone in this comments ever submitting a bug or even writting a patch.
I think Gnome, despite its attitude, is more free and open source, than most comments and even so-called article (nothing more than crusades) are: selfiness.