Almost walked out on Ubuntu...
My wife and I both had 13.04 (Unity with Gnome Shell 3.6) installed on our fairly new laptops. Both of us were experiencing several issues, but mainly pertaining to slowness and freezing.
So, as the computer admin of our family, I decided to upgrade my puter to 13.10 to see what was new, also with the hope that our issues would be resolved during the upgrade process. The upgrade process went pretty smoothly, as did the upgrade to Gnome Shell 3.8. After a couple of days, I decided to upgrade my wife's PC as well, as mine seemed pretty stable, and we're only a couple of weeks from final release.
About then I discovered that while some of our issues had been resolved, a few had also been introduced. The abilty to not use my CD/DVD drive was annoying, but my wife's internet speed also joined the slowness/sluggishness she experienced with 13.04.
As I've been with Ubuntu since 7.10, I decided to embark on a mission to find an Ubuntu replacement. I settled on Fedora 20 (cuurently also in development). I like the way Fedora uses cutting edge technology, in the case of Fedora 20, Gnome Shell 3.10. The problem wasn't that I would have to learn some new commands, like su & yum, but more like Unetbootin wouldn't install on my flash drive properly to test it first. It wouldn't fit on a DVD either - 5.2Gb is a bit big for a standard DVD.
Enter Ubuntu Gnome 13.10, the former remix version now supported by Canonical. This version is also in development, and is without Unity. We don't use Unity at all, so not having it as part of any install was no loss.
Infact, it would appear that following the successful installation of Ubuntu Gnome 13.10, not having Unity has improved the performance of my PC no end! Maybe it was the complete re-installation rather than upgrade, maybe its no longer having Unity's extra bloat, who knows. All I know is that, so far, my PC hasn't run better than it is at this moment. My CD/DVD writer works, on-demand videos no longer freeze causing a refresh of the browser, and I now have a faster running and seemingly more stable PC (to name a few), and it's set up the way I like it.
After a few more days of testing, I'll relieve my wife's angst and do a fresh install on her PC too. I'll post here again regarding how her experience goes once my testing has concluded.
In summary, I'm glad that I found Ubuntu Gnome. I would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat, particularly if the user wants a system that doesn't appear to hog resourses on a fairly new PC. A system that looks good, and has more desktop configuration options to make it look and feel like it's yours.
Conversely, I'm a bit dissapointed that for now, I didn't get to try Fedora 20. I was looking forward to learning new stuff. But, hey, perhaps once it's been released officially in late November I can install it along side of Ubuntu Gnome on another partition. But, I think it'll take sometime for me to move permanently away from my Ubuntu home.
Windows free since '09 - never looked back!