No need to reiterate that many are not happy the way gnome 3, gnome shell and unity going. Obviously, that's why the good Mint people are working MATE and Cinnamon. That said, how about just two releases based on XFCE, i.e., Xubuntu and Wheezy XFCE. I'd like to know how much difference is there between the good old gnome 2 and the current xfce, usability-wise?
Can't we bend XFCE to behave like gnome 2? Won't it result in better, quality release? Just my thought.