Why other distros? An alternative desktop environment is at fingertip reach...just an apt-get away.
At one word a minute, you get to really think about what you are gonna say.
I hated gnome shell until this site came online. Distros will fix the gnome usability issues as usual - give it some time.
"Don't tell me I'm burning the candle at both ends -- tell me where to get more wax!!"