Re: anything but Unity
"nice features if you had a personal supercomputer, but the result for me was slow bloatware"
Either you are trying to run it on a Pentium II or something was very wrong with your install. Until this morning I was running Unity on a 7 year old computer; still run it on a 6 year old Asus "netbook", without problem. Admittedly, both have (cheap, consumer-level) SSDs.