The Alpha release of Fedora Core 16 has been released with Gnome 3.1.4 and it is not impressing anyone so far, the Gnome 3/Unity desktop is a step backwards compared to the Gnome 2.30 desktop that it is gradually replacing. The CPU and graphics grunt required to work compared to Gnome 2 and Xfce is much greater, and even if you installed the KDE 4.7 desktop that is not much better either. The Gnome 3 desktop uses GTk 3 with all new Cascading Style Sheet styled configuration files for the themes instead of the XML used in the older GTK 2 themes. I have tried Gnome 3, Unity and KDE 4.6 and I am not very happy with any of them, Gnome 2 on GNU/Debian Linux 6.0 is far faster and more reliable than the newer desktop that needed far more work done on it before we saw it first in Ubuntu 11.04 and also in the Fedora 15 distribution that included the Gnome 3 desktop, with far less customisation options than the Gnome 2 desktop that has thousands of themes available for it on Gnome-look.org. You are better off running Gnome 2 or Xfce for your daily desktop usage, as it seems that Gnome is going downhill these days.
The Gnome 1.0 and then the Gnome 2 releases where awesome, but now they just want to create something that is inferior to the excellent desktop environments they have created before? But as I said, you can just run Xfce or Lxde and run a very fast desktop without any bloat and wastage. Many of those who have tried the Fedora 16 desktop have gone back to Windows 7, as that is a more intuitive and useful user interface than the horrible Gnome 3/Unity example. The Linux desktop is going downhill and we need to do something before every distribution goes down this road. The Gnome 1.0 environment was very good compared to the Windows `98 operating systems desktop from Microsoft corporation. The menu was very intuitive and the whole experience of using it felt very natural, just like Windows `95 in many ways. Even the Windows `95 user interface is better than what the Gnome team are putting us through right now, I can not believe that they think this is a good idea to move away from the relatively sleek and powerful Gnome 2 interface they developed and moving to Gnome 3 that is far inferior in every way.
The Unity interface is just copying the Mac OS X desktop environment and not coming up with anything that is original at all. I thought that is Linux had the Windowmaker, Blackbox and Fvwm window managers, we could create something unique but sadly they are just wanting to copy everyone else instead of just updating the older and better Gnome 2.