If you want a lot of customization go for KDE,you can't get much more in-depth than that. KDE even allows some program specific customizations.
Originally Posted by FutureSuture
IMHO, Canonical's inspiration is Android. Android is all about the commercialization of Linux. The Android ecosystem pushes its own agenda, does things its own way, and contributes upstream only ween its business model deems it necessary or required. Canonical wants a Desktop version of Android. That's where the money is.
Originally Posted by schmidtbag
No fan of Metacity
I am no fan of Metacity, but it works and is reliable.
I find it more reliable and stable than Compiz.
Also Compiz requires OpenGL and hardware acceleration, so how will the installer work on system that does not have that?
Also, now without Compiz there is no software-render fallback?
Also, if they drop it from Ubiquity and the installer image, why drop it from the repository too?
Some people may actually like Compiz and want to install it on their system.
Maybe it because Metacity is now unmtained since GNOME moved from GNOME 2.32 to GNOME 3 which use Mutter instead?
Hah that's an excellent way of putting it. While Android does commercialize linux for non-PC platforms, it's barely binary compatible with the average linux program, so it isn't much use. While I don't see why google made it so difficult to get linux native programs to run on android, I'm not necessarily annoyed with them because first of all, google does help contribute to the linux kernel but they're freely allowed to do whatever they want and they did a good job. If they stuck with as many currently available open source software as they could (instead of writing their own graphical server, java, etc), there's a possibility linux as it is now might've held them back.
Originally Posted by locovaca
There are excellent lightweight alternatives like Lubuntu and Xubuntu. Consolidating and having less software to maintain makes sense.
No, but people like you probably. It's a known fact Icaza's anti Linux jerk. Till planet gnome allows him to post his bull and till some insane people - who make gnome unusable - aren't fired, Linux will suffer.
Originally Posted by glasen
Unityis far more customizable than Gnome! You mentioned some third party extensions that allows you to change more things in Gnome, but you forget about ubuntu tweak utility. Gnome doesn't even allow to change a font size which makes it simply a joke.
Originally Posted by F i L
Perhaps you should try Gnome for more than 5 minutes before saying something so silly.
Originally Posted by Pawlerson
Gnome has it's own tweak tool, you can play with individual font sizes and scale everything up and down to your hearts content. Gnome has 10 to 20 pages of extensions for each version on https://extensions.gnome.org. Gnome 3.6 is up to 15 pages already. You can customize as much or as little as you want.
I think you are misunderstanding this: they will drop it from the 'main' repository, which means it will move to the 'universe' repository.
Originally Posted by uid313