I've had significant issues with the new Ubuntu GUI and Gnome 3.0; ranging from irritations (difficulty to create launchers) to bugs (mouse stops responding). If you are googling around I'm sure you've seen the near universal cry of dismay. If there is one message to send Canonical (if any of you ever read this posting) it would be that while its a great idea to "dumb down" the interface so a single GUI will work between your desktop and touch machines, you can't disable the advantages available through a mouse interface!
Anyway, here is what I did to make it workable. These are mostly culled from various web sources; they are not my original work.