Also I am atheist god cannot forbid anything from me :)
No, it's full xfce.
guys, seriously, jpeg screenshots are depressing
Ubuntu 10.04 with a custom theme (BSM Simple Dark Menu and Faenza icons), along with Avant Window Navigator.
What are you going to do when they shutdown the 10.04 repos.
By that time, I would probably end up using a newer version, or another distro.
but then you will loose gnome 2.23
Have they made Gnome-3 semi-usable on netbooks yet? It's unresponsive as fuck.
I tried it on a Acer D257 Espresso Black and it runs like shit.
XFCE or LXDE. XFCE is pretty similar to GNOME-2, it's not as good as GNOME 2 just yet, but it's close. I wouldn't recommend LXDE as much as XFCE, but it's still nice.
XFCE (Xubuntu) - http://xubuntu.org/
LXDE (Lubuntu) - http://lubuntu.net/
You could always use MATE as you mentioned, or mess around with the fallback mode of GNOME Shell.
This is quite a good guide: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/12/h...-like-gnome-2/
Finally, Cinnamon (A GNOME Shell fork by the guys at Linux Mint), may be to your taste as well.
Gnome 3 is definitely not as unproductive and buggy as people claim.
Before you ragequit about the image format, imgur converted the .png to .jpg.
Decided to give Gnome 3 another try, coming from xmonad, and surprisingly I like it. I enjoyed a tiling wm for a while but I think I prefer a full DE.
Top archey is my new dedicated server that I mostly got to use as a seedbox and just play with when I'm bored.
EDIT: Wtf, does imgur convert pngs to jpegs now or something?
Whats with the ugly slut as your wallpaper.