Problem is, they dropped Gnome 2, and XFCE is a pretty clunky replacement.
This is what you use MATE for. It's pretty much GNOME 2.
So what is wrong with this, exactly? If you want to distribute DRMed content, you are fully free to use your own means. Let the web stay DRM-free, as it should be.
"People don't want to spend any amount of money without knowing what they will get in return."? There are demo versions available.