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I found the gnome classic mode of Gnome 3 unusable. Tried for about an hour to do the most basic operations, couldn't get close. Kudos to the Gnome 3 group for making an interface for the masses. It looks beautiful. It works great for beginners and people addicted to eye candy, but just isn't usable for hacks like me.

If you want the real Gnome desktop from days gone by, do this as root:

yum install @mate

Then log out, log in again. When you are prompted for the password, click the settings icon that looks like a gear and select Mate.