Getting a versus between Gnome Shell and Unity would be sooo.. typical. Instead we did exactly the opposite, we tried how they work together. But this isn’t meant to be a review, because everything you’ll see is pretty much unstable versions.
I was just fooling around with alphas and I’ll show you that there is one more choice if you do not like Gnome Shell or Unity.
First of all I have a new. I asked Gnome Release Team and fallback mode in Gnome will not be dropped in 3.6 as some rumors predicting. But don’t you either expect heavy development on it.
Gnome Shell and Unity
I used unity-2d-shell and what makes it cool, is that notifications are handled by Gnome Shell , you still have the Overview and you also have the nice Dash that Unity provides. Basically you have the best features that these two projects offer!
My box was quite unstable, is an Ubuntu 12.10 with ricotz ppa and also many modules are compiled by me. Gnome Shell is in version 3.5.4 which came out 2 days ago and Unity in version 6.0 which I have no clue when released. Moreover I was running this in virtual box, so I was getting some bad FPS but this won’t be a case in a normal installation. Of course you can try it to your devices if you possess an Ubuntu.
Just run Gnome-Shell and on a terminal write: “unity-2d-shell”.
And if you are lazy, just watch the YouTube :)
You better try it in HD!
See? There aren’t limitations in Gnome-Shell ;)