I really don't want to use any existing DE out there, so I have decided to put together custom compiz session with probably a dock such as dockbarx or docky. Now I just need a decent panel to use, I remeber I could use the unity-2d-panel but not anymore since its dropped from 12.10. Any suggestions? So far I have tried tint2, xfce4-panel, and wingpanel.
I suggest you:
I suggest you try all three