Thanks for all the assistance, I shall mark this thread solved.
(although I am still confused as to why there are so many posts about GS/Compiz usage. Such is life and Linux.)
You have installed the Gnome 3 DE complete with Gnome 3 shell. Which is completely different from what some people call classic Gnome - gnome-session-fallback. It is clear that gnome-session-fallback works on top of Compiz but Gnome 3 DE does not use Compiz.
It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
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