Re: What other Ubuntu 10-style distros do people recommend.
Ubuntu 11.04 contains regular Gnome 2. You can just choose Ubuntu Classic at the login screen.
Ubuntu 11.10 doesn't contain Gnome 2 of course, but you can install gnome-fallback-session which is relatively similar to Gnome 2 in appearance and workings. Once again, when it's installed you can choose it at the login screen.
Describing Unity as an iOS knockoff is a bit insulting to its developers and so terribly untrue (the only similarity it has to mobile phone UIs is the round-rect icons, big whoop). I'd prefer it if you could show some more respect for their effort. Maybe try using it for more than five minutes.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.