What are those users really focused into? Overview is virtually your task bar including a dynamic workspace switcher(gnome-tweak-took allows setting a fixed amount), notification and dock.
> In order for me not to be distracted when I want to do one of the
> - start an app
- Meta key to go to Overview mode -> Type application of choice or click Application (on gnome 3.6, Application is located at the dock)
- Assign your favourite application to the dock
- Alt+F2 to access a command tool where you can type application
As extra, pick up the extensions suiting your need
> - find a hidden window
Either overview mode, alt+tab or alt+`
- switch workspace
Ctrl+Alt+Up or Down key
> I get the busiest interface known to man, which contains at least 2/3 of
> stuff I don't want. To avoid distraction.
Care to list those distracting stuff? See how the complains are not fully detailed yet wondering why there is no response? By using your own comment, visible taskbar on Gnome 2 is a distraction. Does that mean a technical user is that challenged unable to figure out way or seeking help about the use?
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