Cubic provides me with several options. I want to continue to run the meta on the daily/currents without tampering or removing other components. ubuntu-desktop, gdm3 and gnome-shell are all that need to be removed for now. These are tests for stability and they are working just well. We will wait for the 18.04 mini.
Nemo is for 18.10 spin but all are welcome to install the PPA or try the ISO which is up on the server. We will stick with nautilus this cycle unless there is a show stopper.