We went from Gnome 2 one of the most tweakable, easy to use interfaces to a limited and crippled product that offers nothing except for a default theme and a separate tool not included by default just to remotely configure things to your liking.
The approach goes against many aspects of the linux philosophy of being able to use your computer in the way you want it.
By removing features and locking down the interface unless you download a million different patches does not equal a good experience.
Hell by Gnome 4 it will just be one tiny button at the top of the screen with only one feature and one has to learn every last linux command line code just to access the letter J.
If I wanted a useless user interface like that I would use something like ratpoison.
If they moved to KDE, then the whole "tablet/phone/laptop" approach wouldn't be quite as good.
Also, I'm really liking Unity these days.
It is pretty disappointing some of the features they've taken away in Gnome for no good reason, especially with Nautilus.
The side panel will only feature the home directory and only a series of really complicated keyboard commands can go anywhere else such as control+alt+super+tab+right control+F1+F9+ enter all at the same time.
All directories in the home directory will be hidden by default, the only way to navigate them is also by using wonderful keyboard commands like control+alt+super+tab+right control+U+enter.
Hey, I LIKE KDE. I also like Unity. I also like Xfce. None of them are perfect. If I ever find the perfect DE I'll use it.
Right now I prefer KDE, despite its busy appearance, which I have to agree is the case. But I like the direction Unity is evolving in, and I'd like to see that continue as well.
Moved to Recurring Discussions. Nothing new about should Canonical switch to another desk top
http://plasma-active.org/ That's already being delivered, it's not a mock up.
But hey, there's certainly no shortage of alternatives out there. Us Linux users are so spoiled... ;)