GNOME Classic really shines. It is already shaping up rather nice on suse. 24h of use and Im in love. No more MATE for me.
Check this out:
Gnome 3.8 has the best user interface design, I have ever seen, shipped with any desktop OS.
These guys finaly got it; Gnome 2 sucked, this rules.
And the dock on the left is just a "Dash to Dock" extension.
hell, you managed to make the aborted abomination that is gnome 3.8 look good.