"When Gnome Shell was first becoming available over a year ago,
we took a look at it to see what the foundation was like, and to
see what direction the Gnome desktop was likely to go. At the time,
we liked it, though it was clearly a "rough draft" of what it could
eventually become. Since then, time has gone by, and while Ubuntu
may have decided to go with Unity instead, others have taken Gnome
Shell up to the next level. Fedora, among others, will be putting
it front and center in future releases. Today we're going to take a
look at one of the most recent builds available to see what this
slick desktop environment has got to offer.
"Note: The screenshots here were made with a Gnome Shell live CD
based on OpenSUSE which can be found here, or the Fedora 15 nightly
builds, which can be found here. The first link is a much more
stable option currently but the Fedora images should improve daily.
Lastly, you can also download the Gnome 3 Live CD from the new
Gnome 3 website. The Basic Desktop
"When it launches, the Gnome Shell desktop is pretty sparse. In
fact, all you've really got is a thin panel on the top."