At UDS in Oakland I was asked me what I thought of Gnome 3. I answered honestly that there were parts I liked and parts that I did not. I also expressed that I thought that it would have been better if Gnome and Ubuntu had been able to work together so that efforts were not split on the ‘next generation’ Gnome experience. It had been a while since I had used Gnome 3 so I made a mental note that I should give it another try when I had the chance.
I have been amazingly busy since UDS, but today I found the time to run Fedora 17 and Gnome 3 for the entire day. There was one overall impression I had; I was far less productive. This held true even after I added several Gnome extensions. The dash was missed and as was the ability to minimize apps to a panel or dock. While I liked the dynamic creation of workspaces I found it frustrating to access them by having to go to the left side of the screen and then back to the right side; it was so frustrating I feel like there must be another way that I just missed.
At the end of the day it was with a sigh of relief that I booted back in to Ubuntu (gotta love spare hard drives) and was back in Unity. The experience was a positive one though; it is always good to realize just how good the things you have are in comparison to other options. In my case Unity has made more progress and fits my work style much better than Gnome 3.