GNOME is VERY customizable
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XFCE seems the go-to for most serious customizations i’ve seen

Gnome is not nearly as customizable as KDE (and probably xfce too). As the video describes, you need to download a dozen extensions before it has even basic features like a dock. KDE does this and (much) more right out of the box. Not to mention KDE extensions exist too!

He does make good points, but though he mentioned that Pop!OS are rebasing their DE away from GNOME, he didn’t really go into why: that putting your desktop environment together on GNOME extensions is building your house on sand. For individual users doing their own personalisation that’s probably fine, but the GNOME devs seem to be committed to aggressively pursuing their vision, even if that’s at the expense of downstream sometimes.

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