Gnome is very opinionated, but their opinions make a lot of sense. Gnome is not a traditional desktop by any means, but it doesn't try to be one. Learn the Gnome way of doing things and it'll be the best desktop you've ever used. The worst thing you can do is try to force it to be a traditional desktop. Don't. You'll just have to fight with it.

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