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"I now have a what looks like a standard Gnome 2 desktop I'm using 12.04 it took about 2 minutes to install no playing with so for the life of 12.04 (long term release) you can have the Gnome 2 desktop if you want it."
You deserve major props for trying this!
I couldn't get it to work way back when this whole switch happened and I ended up installing Mint instead. It's good to know that gnome 2 works today.
Let me ask you, can you switch between Gnome 2 and your other desktops without any issues? If so, I really wonder why Canonical chose to face the criticism instead of simply giving in to users who wanted a gnome 2 option.
I see no reason to run Gnome 2 over Mate or Cinnamon today, but I'm very impressed that you've given it a go! That kind of investigative work deserves a reward, but you'll have to settle for a complement.
I don't think Fallback is Gnome 2 it looks and works like Gnome 2 but is:
I thought you were referring to a real gnome 2, I must have missed that somehow in the context of the discussion. Well that's too bad.
I vaguely remember trying the gnome 3 "fallback" desktop, I think it lacked alot of support for customisable widgets and panels. It was a theme to make gnome 3 look more like gnome 2, but that's about it.
Is there anything more to talk about? Guess not.