Over the past 11 years I have used a few Linux distributions on my desktop. Here is an overview:
2002: RedHat 7/8 was used no a spare desktop
2005: 5.04 Hoary Hedgehog was installed on my main desktop
2005: 5.10 Breezy Badger was installed on my server.
2006: 6.06 Dapper Drake came out which was the first LTS (long term support). From then on all my servers ran the latest LTS build.
2011: 11.04 Natty Narwhal brought Unity replacing Gnome 2.x. While I was never a fan on unity I continued to use Ubuntu.
Everything was great up until when I upgraded from a stable 13.04 Raring Ringtail April 2013 to 13.10 Saucy Salamander September 2013. 13.10 which was very buggy. With high memory/cpu usage and poor video playback I started thinking that Ubuntu is no longer cutting it.
On the weekend I installed CentOS 6.4 on one of my servers for testing and it had me thinking, If RedHat Enterprise/CentOS use Gnome 2.x on their desktop builds perhaps Fedora using Gnome 3. I had a quick look on their website and Fedora 19 confirmed me thinking. I downloaded a copy and got straight to the migration.
The installation went without a hitch and when I sore Gnome 3 it was love at first sight. I have installed Google Chrome and Rythembox, both applications used to crash all the time under Ubuntu 13.10 but they no longer crash. Yum is alittle different then apt-get and takes some getting used to but its not as quick as apt-get. Memory and cpu usage lower since the switch.
If you are thinking that Ubuntu 13.10 is a slow peace of shit that crashes all the time, perhaps give Fedora live a try.