Windows 8 has very specific desktop improvements, like:
-More shotcut keys;
-Better useability (tiling in multi-monitor setups, non-transparent theme, more space for icons in the taskbar, single point of all settings, better file-transfer dialog);
-Userspace file system (useless for Metro).
Apple flattened iMacs, came out with ultrabooks and high resolution displays, duplicated iOS advancements, better cloud integration and better backup.
Afterthought my ass.
Gnome shell isn't designed for tablets, just because it has a black taskbar on top. And secondly what exactly makes Mutter any less usefull than the number one productivity champion called Windows? Last time I checked, Windows didn't even feature multiple workspaces...You can like Gnome shell all you want. No one says that Gnome Shell isn't a nice GUI for its intended audience. We are simply arguing about its suitability as a workstation GUI. Fedora is not a tablet distro and is definitely NOT a casual desktop usage distro: It is a distro targeted at Power-Users and above and a testbed for Red Hat so its focus should be in productivity, not tablet and all-i-do-is-facebook-and-media kind of usage...
That was not the point. I was debunking a bullshit statement claiming that Gnome devs try their best to make Gnome 3 uncustimizeable. That's clearly bullshit. Just because there aren't many good extentions because nobody likes to make them, does not change the fact that he's wrong.As for Gnome 3 extensions, don't make us laugh, seriously... Most of them are useless and broken. And there are not many to begin with...
Also, Xfce has been getting enhanced in this area with recent releases.
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I didn't say that YOU have to like them or care. KDE and GNOME have always tried to give you a consistent, complete desktop which allows you to do all your daily work efficiently. And the requirements for desktops have grown in the last 15 years. Some people like more minimalist stuff, and that's OK.
Personally, I don't use most of that. But network transparency is a must-have feature, IMHO.
What is more telling is that other major distributions have moved away from it. Ubuntu and Mint, for example, and non-GNOME distros like Mageia and OpenSUSE are also gaining. Fedora is the only major distro where you get GS by default.
I don't know what your 'daily work' entails, but Gnome, nor KDE, allow me to work any better than Xfce. I will say though, I do quite a lot of deviating from Xfce's default settings and a huge amount of modification to the panels to get them to the state i'm happy with, however, with only one exception, all theses changes are made through the GUI settings areas. (The one exception being the (still easy) task of making the "Run..." entry in the menu use gmrun instead of Xfce's built-in run dialogue. I usually launch my run dialogue with super+r anyway, but I still ofc want the menu entry to work too.)