OK, so I'm pretty green.This is my first time trying Linux.
First Impressions: The Unity GUI, while somewhat intuitive, is about exciting as watching paint dry. I wanted to change things and make it look like I want it to look, but there seems to be few settings or skinable features. There doesn't seem to be a way to create shortcuts on the desktop like Windows. Unity seems to want you to use Search every time you want to find an installed program. And there are no gadgets or geewiz stuff to add to the desktop. Granted, I understand Ubuntu and other Linux OS want to be lean and mean so they can run on the smallest to the largest computers, phones to server farms, but I have a pretty decent desktop machine with a great graphics card, plenty of ram and hard drive space, and I want to be able to skin the OS to look and do what I want. I thought Linux would be more privy to the concept of skins and individualization. But it seems to me a more rigid OS than even Windows.
However, I know that Ubuntu and other Linux OS support shells and other GUI like KDE, Gnome, and the like. So my question is this: What is the most configurable, skinable, hopefully modular w/plugins, desktop shell out there? Something made for an advanced desktop machine and not a tablet or phone, something with a little more ummmph!
Thanks for any help!