Unity just isn't for me. I miss the widgets you could add to the old gnome panels. I tried to get gnome working like it used to in the newest ubuntu but it proved too difficult.
Eventually I gave up and installed Mint.
From what I've read about the subject, canonical's decision to make their own UI isn't universally popular, so I assume that there are some decent alternatives. What would be a good course of action for me to get my system back how I want it. Should I install Debian?