Re: Gnome3.6 Features
I know a lot of people hate Gnome 3 but to be fair there's still a lot that absolutely love it, even though we may not see them around here.
What Gnome 3/Shell does do particularly well is give you a no-frills (depending on your definition) easy to use set up out of the box. For example if I install Arch linux and I want to have a DE up and running quickly with almost everything setup, installing Gnome 3 would get me setup extremely quickly (I've done it before).
But still for those who just cannot tolerate it, thankfully there is plenty of choices.
OS': Arch Linux (KDE 4.10) - Fedora 17 (MATE) - Arch Linux (E17) - now Windows-free thanks Valve!