Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/172929/ubuntu-13.10-with-unity-ui-final-beta-now-available-for-download/
Ubuntu 13.10 beta releases featuring GNOME, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Lubuntu UIs were released earlier this month, but the Unity version was delayed. If you were one of the individuals who decided to hold out for the Unity UI version, then your wait is over. The final beta version of Ubuntu 13.10 featuring Unity 7 is now available to download just in time for a weekend of Linux powered fun!
While I'm sure that the Unity desktop is great for those who have been using Linux for some time, I switched to Mint Maya, with Cinnamon desktop, specifically to get away from Unity. As a relative newcomer, I had trouble configuring Unity to my liking. I may try again some day, but for the time being, I'm thoroughly enjoying Mint/Cinnamon.
Does anyone actually find unity useful at all? It does look pretty but really not that useful. I'm not just saying this to join the "bash unity" train as I have really made an effort into using the interface as my main UI. I can throw out my reasons as to why unity seem inefficient and not very useful but would love to see if anyone actually finds it useful.
The new gnome 3 is probably the best UI right now IMO. Very easy to switch between desktops, multi taks, recent apps, open apps and its overall visually stimulating.
IMO being the key acronym. Everybody has a different opinion. I, for one, have come to love KDE, which looks a lot like Windows but is infinitely more customizable.
Of all the UI environments currently available for Ubuntu, I find myself drawn to GNOME the most too. ^_^