CentOS is a very interesting and different choice for a desktop distribution. I haven’t heard of many people using it that way. Whenever somebody brings it up it’s usually within the context of running a server. I can understand the desire of the writer for longer term support, and also his disenchantment with GNOME 3. Both things can be a problem for certain kinds of users. GNOME 3 has caused quite a bit of controversy and…er…robust debate among many Linux users.