Very much so. The first Linux I installed was Mandrake back in the early 2000’s. It was a Red Hat 7.3 copycat. Back then the internet was AOL and phone line 56Kb so I bought Mandrake in a commercial box at either Wal Mart or Sams Club. Came on one single layer CD.
Being a Red Hat knock off, it used Gnome. Not Gnome 2 or Gnome 3, but Just Gnome.
I have never used anything but Gnome since, except for some 2 or 3 day trials of other DE’s here and there. At one point I really tried to like KDE, but it never stuck.
There are alot of similar stories about not liking any DE except the one that a person tried first.