Life is experiential as they say. And with experience comes wisdom--hopefully, gradually, learning accretes.
Gradually, what was important yesterday is no longer important today as we reach new plateaus and learn what is truely meaningful and cast aside things which do not accrue to our general well-being and happiness.
Some days, you discover things you never imagined would happen.
Take for example Gnome's GUI.
In the past, I have been quite clear on how I have felt about this project's decision making along with my displeasure with Canonical's Unity GUI. Neither was my cup of tea. And, fortunately, alternatives have been around which have made possible avoiding their use entirely. I am not unique on that count.
So, without apology, I will confess that today I decided to do:
$sudo yum groupinstall "Gnome Desktop"
into my already tweaked Fedora 19 Xfce Spin, which as you might have guessed I am quite happy with, given its meager system requirements and given that I am writing this story on an Acer Aspire One D260 Netbook sporting 2GB ram. I've also installed OpenBox and found it makes the machine perform with near CrunchBang 11 Waldorf-like speed. All well and good.
So, the groupinstall finished in minutes and I then dispatched to doing a logout, select GNOME from the session manager, and logged back in.
Now, mind you, there are still issues in my mind concerning Gnome, but this time around, I will tell you that Gnome 3.8.3 is what I call 'minimally functional' in its 'out of the box' default form.
Prior to Fedora 19 Desktop Edition, I could not recommend Gnome.
Today, I can say:
I like Gnome 3.8.3.
But, it took some tweaks coming from the Gnome Extensions Website to make it provide equivalence to what I have set up in the Xfce spin. I will live with Gnome for the time being and share information with you in updates when and where I can as warranted.
Here are the extensions which I have installed thus far: