I don't understand why you guys don't just use CentOS...
CentOS 6 is supported for around 7 more years, and it uses Gnome 2 .

I don't like Gnome 3 so I don't use it, it's that simple, I'll stick to CentOS as long as I don't find something better.

As for Gnome 3's "classic mode", I'll keep following the updates, but I highly doubt it will be ever as complete and polished as Gnome 2 is (and quite frankly, I'm happy with Gnome 2, I currently have no reason to upgrade).