"Within GNOME 3, GNOME Shell reimagines the user interface for
the next generation of the desktop. This innovative interface
allows users to focus on tasks while minimizing distractions such
as notifications, extra workspaces, and background windows.
"Jon McCann, one of GNOME Shell's designers, says of the design
team, "we've taken a pretty different approach in the GNOME 3
design that focuses on the desired experience and lets the
interface design follow from that."