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The GNOME 3 shell is in the Ubuntu archive, same as Debian. AIUI, it's one "apt-get install" away.

It seems a bit overkill to switch distro just because you don't like the default.

But that's the whole reason I'm using Ubuntu in the first place: sensible defaults. There are plenty of other great distros out there and switching is easy, especially to such a close relative of Ubuntu like Debian.

Too much user-friendly cruft in Ubuntu now. Debian keeps the good parts and doesn't make me do extra work disabling the WM and friends. XMonad >>= that was easy.

well, i did change from debian to ubuntu just because of the hardware drivers being there by default. So it's just logical.

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