It has been around 4 years since Gnome 3 was released (back in 2011), and while most people have made the leap or moved on to other desktop-environments there are those who continue to stick with Gnome 2 for one reason or another. To each his/her own, right?
While I personally have moved on to other things, I do still love Gnome 2, and for that reason I decided to take a stroll down memory lane, just for kicks. I've been meaning to do this for a while, as I figured it would be interesting to try, and all the recent talk of Ubuntu Mate gave me the push I needed. I used a chroot (as described in su: s7wvr5Qb2f+7#fJpwxZ0$AoW1Panje5j9gnbtY1y#JDQcP0UXlRULhD6%F$y ) so that I could have Gnome 2 (via Ubuntu 10.10), but still use new software that has come out since then (via Ubuntu 14.04).
I haven't had the chance to do much testing yet in regards to what will/won't run nicely in the chroot, but I've used chroots before from time-to-time so I know where to set my expectations.
Here are some pictures of my success:
A couple things bugging me are:
1. Currently I'm running this in a BIOS virtual-machine rather than a UEFI one, because the old version of Grub 2 used by Ubuntu 10.10 doesn't support UEFI. Perhaps there are other boot-managers I could install that support UEFI and work with Ubuntu 10.10, but I haven't looked into it, perhaps another time that I'm bored.
2. I tried upgrading to kernel 3.13.0-24, but as a result I lost my network connection. I've done a bit of fiddling, but wasn't able to fix that so I deleted the vm and restored from a backup image I'd made. I may look into this further at a later date as it would be nice to have a newer kernel.