GNOME 2.x was my preferred desktop environment. I loved it. It was fast, stable, and it worked... just right. Then GNOME 3.0 came along and, with it, GNOME Shell, which was slow, crashy, extremely different, and made me a seriously grumpy Bryan. Since then I have been "a man without a home," or, at least, "a man without a Desktop Environment." It seems like I jump from one environment to another every month. KDE. Xfce. LXDE. Xmonad. Awesome. And about 17 thousand others. I've tried them all. 15 times.