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As an earlier post suggested, ULB-Gnome is a fine looking version of Gnome 2.8 for SuSE 9.1. It is crafted and supported by James Cogley, a former SuSE employee who knows his way around that dsitribution.
I agree that it can be buggy. I've installed it 3 times with different results each time. After the last install, it never got beyond the login splash screen and a spinning mouse cursor. Each install has been a misadventure in conflicting dependencies with forced package removals necessary to complete the install.
I'm not bashing on ULB, but I also think ULB is an example of the kind of project that challenges one person's ability to support in their free time. Linux and open source has many such projects. The contributions these people make is inestimable. But, there are only so many hours in the day, and fewer when you spend most of them earning a living and/or caring for a family.
At some point, the scale and complexity of any project exceeds the capacity of one person. Where that point lies depends on the skills and free time available to each person, but it will happen.