So after a few weeks of fiddling around, I decided to switch back to Unity on my Ubuntu system, which forced me to do a format+reinstall since there was no easy way to downgrade from a GNOME3 install.
The main reason why I chose to return to Unity was because that I felt that GNOME3 is incomplete. For example, I experience issues going on battery power (on my notebook) where the screen goes dim after inactivity but movement doesn’t brighten the screen back up – I have to explicitly readjust the brightness. I Unity doesn’t have this issue probably because it’s still using GNOME2 so hopefully by 11.10, they figure out this issue.
I’ve come to realise that the reason why I use an Ubuntu system is stability (I know, people can argue that I could use Debian for that) and to see what UI advances Ubuntu is willing to experiment with. However, I still get to play with GNOME3 on my ArchLinux system so I’m not saying goodbye to GNOME3.
The magic key combination that I really needed in Unity was Super+W, the window picker. Now that I found this feature, Unity isn’t all that bad because now I don’t have to deal with the dock and its responsiveness. So, for me, Super + Typing gives me quick launch, similar to gnome-do and Super+W lets me get an overview of what’s going on.
So for the rest of this release’s lifetime, I intend on staying on Unity. I look forward to see what 11.10 brings!