Just recently got to try out gnome-shell, which is one of the coolest new things I've seen in linux lately. Right now, it's really just a new window manager with a really crappy dock/app-launcher hacked on, but, I think if those get replaced with some other technologies out there, it could be pretty amazing. I'd like to see gnome-do wired into the app-launcher and Zeitgeist is supposed to be integrated at some point.

Importantly (to me), it has exactly the level of eye-candy that neither metacity nor compiz had. There are nice animations and smooth minimizing of windows - things that are less flashy than compiz, but more flashy than metacity.

Right now, things crash fairly often for me, but, today's checkout has held up all day. I'm hoping that, at some point, I'll find some time to contribute to it.