My work around the transparency issue was to install dash to dock and dash to panel. The two shell extensions gave me control over that feature. So basically, the feature is still there, just dormant.I get why they did that. It helps with older hardware and makes the GNOME experience smoother across the broad types of machines out there, but still, it does feel like a bit of a step back.I think I want to do a GNOME setup tutorial, because I can get it to look and function like any other OS, Windows and Mac included. I just recently installed Fedora 30 on two laptops from the EARLY Vista era and made them look just like Windows 10 in under 10 minutes.
Touché! (I am sure Helga is laughing her butt off!)
I hate to say this because someone is gonna throw a giant cinder-block at me but the FIX to Gnome shell problems is XFCE! I was one of the people who jumped ship to XFCE when Gnome 3 came out (before Mate) and decided to stick with it. XFCE has remained consistent over the years where updates with Gnome are unpredictable for the obvious reasons mentioned in this thread <sigh>.
Nice brick, Crimson! Now we only need 500 more so that we can build Spatry a new sound-room! HAH!
UPDATE on this:I don't actually know if this is connected to this issue or not, but my wife has been using ElementaryOS for a quite a while now, and she has been mostly happy with it. That's certainly a good thing. However, after doing a system upgrade, the top bar transparency is GONE! I suspect GNOME is to blame, but I can't be sure. Just another example of this BS hissy-fit solution from the GNOME team borking something downstream. I guess all I can do is hope that they bring it back in future releases. For now, I'm using Manjaro KDE. It's still a little Windows-ish for my taste, but I can live with it until GNOME fixes itself. Man, this new batch of GNOME desktops looks like crap to me. I'm picky, I know that, but still.