I started using computers around Windows 3.11, so I’m the hardcore traditional desktop fan.
Yes, GNOME 2 was the bomb. No questions asked, no quarter given.
Metro/GNOME3/Unity/etc, can suck my hairy balls.
I may sound like a heathen here, but Windows 7’s Aero (imo) presented the pinnacle of desktop usability/friendliness/prettiness. Maybe that’s why I can’t stray from KDE for too long.