whatsoever you say, unity is soul of this os. unity is one which make it stand out of crowd. with unity os apears more user friendly than any windows variant forget about linux. gnome gives same typical hard to learn and non user friendly linux feeling, as ever. it reminds of RHEL and fedora, which my friend who is professional linux system administrator only understands and can tame. keep home users like us away from it. i will stick to 16.04 till 2021 and see if something better comes by that time or will say good bye to ubuntu with full heart than. its really heart breaking to miss unity. even if gnome is more powerful it comes at cost of simplicity of unity and unity can stands well against any windows. My 3 years daughter finds it easier than MS windows. it feel as if this os has been backported to seven years back with gnome.