All I can say is... rats! I like it!
I guess I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I've never used Ubuntu... seen it sure. I converted from OpenSuse when a Mint 3 CD was given me. When LMDE was released I moved over 'cos (a) as a Microsoft devotee I cut my teeth on Linux with Debian and (b) I was happy to put some distance between me and my Ubuntu buddies.... besides the fact that I really, really like working with this LMDE release! So.
I tried the method posted on the Gnome3 site. I used the 64 version. I guess with having a Mac at home I'm not as attached or fixed into any one or other method of managing windows. I only have one criteria when using a computer... if I have to use Microsoft, it runs in VirtualBox and lives by itself on another workspace! Anything else... well that can be managed however... which currently is with Gnome 2.30 and Compiz! To date those methods have served me very, very well. I have no issues there... but I liked what I saw with that alpha download. Sure, I'm gonna really, really miss some of my fav Compiz stuff but if I read the Gnome 3 roadmap and read some of them dev's blogs... then I'm not too fussed. When Gnome 3 goes life... I'll make the switch 'cos (a) I kinda like changes anyways and (b) the Gnome 3 guys are really, really good design guys and if this is how it starts, well it can only get better.
Besides I kinda remember the fuss with some die-hard Gnome users when Gnome 2 was announced... almost the same kinda noise...http://www.gnome3.org/tryit.html