I have installed Unity Next--I can only check it out--and awaiting its launch, then the fascination with GS would drop.
I see the idea of Ubuntu to be much else.
We have had Ubuntu distro a long time before anyone had ever heard about Unity DE.
Unity is simply put only a modified Gnome DE, nothing else.
Installing Unity packages does not make Gnome-Shell work any better nor the Flashback either.
If the Flashback does not work well on some setups, something else is wrong.
The Ubuntu brainwash campaign seems to work. the more times You keep repeating terms like Unity, the more people think that's the universal truth and what Ubuntu is all about.
I don't know what Unity exactly is but I know for sure it's not a DE, Unity is just another shell on top of the GNOME app's, like Gnome-shell and Cinnamon, .
Just try to remove all the GNOME applications and see what's left. Just another empty shell ( maybe that's exactly what Unity is ).
As far as adding GS to stock Ubuntu and having it run better than GS in Ubuntu Gnome, I simply don't buy it. Something else was going on there...
i like the gnome-shell. it's fullfilling all my needs on the desktop and gives me a good workflow. i tried unity, but i didn't like it. maybe unity is fine on a tablet, but on a "traditional" pc gs is perfect for me.
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As far as current Debian, I am running GS in it right now, and it works beautifully. Debian stable is like that. No surprises, no bugs, no conflicts, no problems. Just slightly older software if that sort of thing is critical to you.
To say that Saucy+GS is much more polished strikes me as absurd.
For the half day I had that Gnome edition installed. I noticed it was like no Ubuntu I have ever seen before. Everything about it was different.
I tried to customize the grub menu and lost grub altogether. It booted straight into WIndows 7. Had to mount a live cd and recovery that way.
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