Fisrt let me start off my saying that I am far from new to computers and Linux. Computer wise I go back to 1976. Linux wise, I started with Red Hat 5, moved to Mandrake and then I think Mandriva when they changed their name. From there I went to Ubuntu. With the Unity interface I loaded it on my netbook about a year ago and started evaluating it on one of my workstations when alfa 2 came out. I've stuck with it as long as I can on the workstations. It just takes too many steps to get from point a to point b to be efficient in our environment. I had not used KDE since Mandriva, so downloaded Kubuntu. It's, for what we do, slower. Tried Gnome 3 and open Suse. Not a whole lot different from Unity. I've even tried Crunch Bang and it's faster, but need to do a lot of cusomizing before it would be usable. I do like the speed however. Right now I've moved my production machines to Mint. Yeah I know, I could chose the old desktop at boot up, but why bother. It's going away with 11.10. I've never been a big fan of Mint, but they claim that they will be using Gnome 3, but not the shell in the future. So may stay with that.
What I don't understand is why Ubuntu and Gnome are trying to make my workstations look like my cell phone/tablet. One thing I don't need is greasy/slimy finger prints all over my screens. It would be acceptable if it gave an increase in productivity instead of a decrease.
I've tried to like Unity for a long time and had hopes that the inefficencies and slowness would be solved (still do, we'll see), but right now, it and Gnome3 are losers for my shop.