Ah, I see your location, then it makes sense.
I may be the only among ~35 at my job who hasn't been to Silicon Valley, despite working for a company with its HQ there.
I think my niece would be skeptical, she's not very interested in these things, nor are her parents. I guess your parents aren't using Windows either?
Themes and skins, I don't care, I just want things to be functional. And I don't care to test other desktops so can't answer you question.
You certainly seem "knowledgeable enough to use linux and android" as you say, developing for android even? I must confess I haven't got a smartphone yet
, but I will soon and it will be some android. I don't want WIndows and I don't want iStuff.