TuxReports offers a peek at Ximian Desktop 2. I also installed XD2 just a few hours ago on my RHL9. Between 2 rcd random crashes (which brought Red Carpet down too) and 5 unresolved dependancies (metacity-devel, bonobo-devel etc), XD2 managed to install successfully. I only use it for a few hours, but it seems like a nice distribution of Gnome2 with added bonuses. It could have been even better though.