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Over a Month On - Conclusion to the GNOME Shell Challenge

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Over a month ago I embarked on my own personal challenge to use GNOME Shell (otherwise just known as GNOME 3) for an entire week. That week happened and went, I wrote some thoughts I had after that initial week, but did not officially end my usage of the Shell. Fast forward to now... I'm still using GNOME Shell and here's why.

First of all, it's worth mentioning that what follows in this article is my personal experience and may not reflect your own such experience, even a prolonged one, with GNOME Shell. Therefore, please do not assume I am trying to convince you that GNOME is all sunshine and rainbows and that you're completely wrong in all your negative opinions of it, if you happen to be one of those people who do not like the GNOME desktop.

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