"Back in July, Linus Torvalds complained that GNOME 3 was 'an
unholy mess' and expressed the feelings of many users when he
wrote: 'I used to be upset when GNOME developers decided it was
'too complicated' for the user to remap some mouse buttons. In
GNOME 3, the developers have apparently decided that it's 'too
complicated' to actually do real work on your desktop, and have
decided to make it really annoying to do.'
"As a result, he wrote, 'I'm using Xfce. I think it's a step
down from GNOME 2, but it's a huge step up from GNOME 3.'
"This may have been harsh on the developers of the GNOME shell
and GNOME 3 who are trying to re-draw perceptions of the desktop,
but certainly has the sympathy of many users."