I didn't expect to be able to work with a gnome 2.x aspect in Gnome 12.04
Just to clarify, my procedure does NOT involve reverting to Gnome 2. It's every bit Gnome 3, it's just based on the "fallback session" which truly does use Metacity rather than Compiz.

There are many other options including Mate which truly is Gnome 2, but I simply prefer what I've posted here as an LTS option to Unity.

Personally I'm quite happy with Unity on wide-screens under 19", and Lubuntu on larger screens which I typically use for video, but I needed a retro look and feel for some other folks with the 5 year LTS aspect and this is just what I came up with