Sarker1986 wrote:I found them incredibly frustrating, taking an average of two clicks more per task on the GUI interface than Gnome 2
Neither are mouse clicking friendly interfaces, they're keyboard oriented. The fastest way to grow to like or accept Gnome 3 is by starting to use the keyboard for launching apps and finding things, not the mouse.
try gnome-do and synapse. Both are keyboard launchers.
to activate gnome-do press super (win) + space. and for synapse it is ctrl (left side)+space. Type the name of app e.g. writer or opera. As soon as you begin to type, it will automatically filter. once auto selected hit enter. Enjoy
Regarding support for Gnome 2, even if mint continues to support gnome2, most apps are or will be porting to gnome 3 and GTK 3+, which gnome 2 does not support. There will be issues with library files. Alternatively, Clem in his blog also described that you cannot have both Gnome 2 and gnome 3 installed like he has done with gnome 3 and MATE. libraries wil clash and thus making system unstable.
So even if you continue to get security updates, your apps wont update or will not be supported for long.
This is one of the reason thy Clem decided to go for MATE which is a fork of Gnome 2 and behaves exactly as gnome 2. If you are told that you are using MATE, you will be under the impression that you are on gnome2.
Just wait for Mint 13, which will be an LTS version. Till than MATE and Gnome 3 and maybe UNITY will be more flexible and mature. I prefer LTS version and install them after 3-4 months after release to be safe. Till then most bugs will be fixed.