After trying and experiencing just about every DE and Distro, including Gnome 45 and now lately Gnome 46, I have settled on Ubuntu 22 LTS Pro because it took me about a year to collect all the components to get, from my point of view, my perfect DE for daily use.
After experimenting with Gnome 45 on various Distro’s, to me, there is just no viable reason to try and get even close to my current customized DE. Relying very much on Gnome Shell Extensions, I see the utter desperation of Developers trying their best, working around the clock, to transition their creations to work on every new release.
The ones that are still interested have just gone through the huge G45 transition. Many have simply abandoned their efforts and no other Dev’s are even considering forking and continuing some very useful and often indispensable DE enhancements.
The other gripe I have is the awful brown-beige-grey color scheme Gnome seems to be latched onto.
Thank goodness for Shell Themes!! But, oh-no!!, that is also being removed slowly… Why?
The whole point of Linux has always been the freedom to customize the DE to make it your own, right?
If Ubuntu 22 ever moves away from Gnome 42, that will be the day I move to my second favorite DE that still makes perfect sense – good old Cinnamon.
There is a reason why Mint Linux has been a top rated Distro for the last couple of years. Think about that.