For better or for worse, for years when you talked about Linux it was the same as saying Ubuntu. The operating system maintained by Canonical has made a good market share in the Linux users, leaving behind other distributions like Fedora, Linux Mint, Debian, OpenSuse, Mandriva, Arch Linux, etc … My beginnings on Linux were with Gnome desktop environment, an environment that is not recommended for beginners because it requires certain actions of the user to have it working properly, but is very dear to advanced users because its robustness and stability (especially Gnome Classic). Moved by the idea that the archive search systems become 100% functional “out of the box”, Ubuntu replaced Gnome by Unity as the default desktop environment. However they maintain a variant called Ubuntu Gnome than offers a very interesting user experience. In his version 10.14 Gnome Shell comes mounted with 3.12 but you can install Gnome Shell 3.14 as they explain. The truth is that i have been very pleasantly surprised by Gnome 3.14, to the point that it became my primary desktop environment. However, to make it 100% functional i had to install proprietary drivers for the video card (Pitivi did freeze the system) and i installed a few accessories (task easy and intuitive to do from https://extensions.gnome.org/). If you do it you’ll encounter a bug that will remove the complements when you restart the computer. To fix it you need to log in choosing “System default”. But Gnome not only has a very comprehensive and attractive aesthetics but it is very practical to use. Many are thinking that there are alternatives most purely Gnome such as Fedora or Debian. I must say that i tried Fedora 21 and some of the applications i’m used to use does not work or had errors. Probably one of the consequences of Ubuntu dependency, but I think Ubuntu Gnome is the perfect balance between ease of use and power of Ubuntu and Gnome aesthetics.