Luckily there are a trillion distros out there.
Please go away and use one you like. Quietly.
"widget elements/controls of OS X, Windows 7 and KDE"
"fugly as hell"
Really? I mean, really?
Let's have a look shall we:
OS X Lion
I like this one but it's an unfair comparison, far too high res
I don't think anybody can honesty say that Ubuntu 12.04 does not stack up against 7 and Lion.
Looks to me like it's halfway between the two myself.
As for usability, I've never had any problems.
Super + type what I'm looking for + Return
Just like Win7.
And as a long time sufferer of Windows at work, including Win7, there is nothing, NOTHING, intuitive about Microsoft interfaces.
Apple, yes. They know how to build an intuitive interface.
Microsoft. Dear god no.