It's purpose is not to be a fancy, shiny, eyecandy competitor for OSX.
Couldn't agree more, and frankly not enough people have in the past couple of years. Lurk Youtube videos, or high schools, and you find a strong "linux has this 3d cube it's so much better than winblowz! what's the terminal?" mentality that is a trap for anyone willing to try a Linux distro. Years ago it was people picking up Linux to be "leet haxors" (I admit, I was 13 once.) and it has evolved into this.
Kill Ugly Radio - Frank Zappa