Quite happy with how things turned out. Manjaro Gnome is a keeper.
I somehow prefer it over KDE visually (at the moment; KDE doesn't look 'ad' at all!), which is mostly due to the perceived visual consistency - there's nothing here that looks out of place.
Migrating my dotfiles was smooth, native mounting of BitLocker encrypted drives in Nautilus is great too - the KDE version needed a little help there.
Overally very pleased with the 2 days of testing and configuring I invested.
@lordrishav each to their own ;)
TBH, the last time I used Gnome was Ubuntu or Fedora around 2010-11. Didn't like it much then, don't remember why though.
Might be the "new toy" effect, but I'm really enjoying it right now.
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