I just don't get it...what's the problem with 13.10? Did he installed 13.10 development release and whining about the Unity desktop? Unity is the default DE on Ubuntu since 11.04 > and on 14.04 with Unity Next. If you want to use gnome-classic, use 12.04 and install gnome-panel. Most of us here like to testing and using unity and gnome-shell development branch.
I kinda agree with what your saying. Some people though like to mix the old with the new. Having the old way of gnome2 desktop along with the newer updated libs. I was doing this for a while because my OS was freezing up or running strangely. Now that I found the issues, I use Unity.