You want Gnome2 back, don’t you? Well, good luck finding it in any updated repositories; gnome2 has been deprecated for some time now. But what if you’re a curmudgeonly old geek that just wants his easy-to-use desktop environment back?
Enter Mate Desktop, a fork of Gnome2.
I dropped Ubuntu years ago when it became apparent the distribution was becoming more and more bloated. I have since been running various flavors of Debian; my standard workhorse distro is CrunchBang. This documents the process of installing Mate Desktop in CrunchBang Waldorf.
Open /etc/apt/sources.list in an editor…
…and append the following to the bottom of the file: Save and close Geany.
Update your software repositories and install the mate-archive-keyring…
…then update again and install the Mate Desktop, with extra packages. Mate Desktop is now installed.
Open /etc/slim.conf in an editor…
…and add Mate Desktop to the SLiM Desktop Environment rotation: Save and close Geany.
Select your default session manager:
Rejoice, you're done! Restart and login for your new (old) desktop experience.