You know what? I even tried that, but I found that you can't live in the past. RHEL/CentOS 6 is already old for desktop stuff.
I even used Windows for a couple of weeks (work laptop) because of Braindead Enterprise Software Vendors. Wanted to claw my eyes out soon after. That cure is worse than the disease.
Linux DEs are in turmoil right now, but the only way forward if you're a user who wants to keep using Linux, is to try to constructively engage those projects that want to hear from their users and try to influence them. And keep an open mind, not all innovations are bad.