So I ran across this video as a random suggestion in my feed on youtube:
@pudge was nice enough to point out the package in the AUR.
$ yay -S gnome-shell-extension-material-shell-git
I plan on doing a clean install on gnome to investigate this tonight. For now I just wiped the OS drive (separate /home) and installed gnome adding the existing /home directory via calamares by editing the partition and then mounting it at /home. Installation was pretty straight forward. Download the package and use gnome tweaks to enable the shell,reboot and welcome to tiling gnome!
I have always been interested in tiling window managers but the initial set up always deterred me. This was easy peasy . I did not have much time to walk it around but it is fairly intuitive especially if you have used gnome before. You can even enable and use dash to dock to make the transition even easier. I have stayed away for gnome for a bit now because my favorite extension Arc menu was abandoned by the devs because they felt it was too hard to maintain with the rate at which gnome changes the DE. This extension tossed all of that right out the window. It made that fact irrelevant.
I also found this video (not a fan of this guy TBH):
I disagree with his claim the use of the w,a,s,d keys to navigate is “retarded” (not to mention that term is incredibly offensive and hurtful SMFH) I have an 80 year old aunt with down syndrome and that term is just wrong for me. At any rate as a gamer and new to tiling window mangers I am accustomed to using those keys and they made the transition almost working right out of the box. So my opinion is the exact opposite of the fore mentioned video. He also comes across as a little elitist IMHO.
I will report back later and update my progress as I go along and include some screen shots and possibly video. I plan to use this extension for a few weeks exclusively to see if I can transition over to a tiling system.
Lastly, according to @pudge this extension will also work on EndeavourOS gnome ARM.