I am looking for a somewhat comprehensive guide for customizing either Gnome 3 or Unity to look as much as possible like Gnome 2.
I have seen this question come up, but the most common answer is that people should simply log in with Gnome "classic". The reason this is not a sufficient answer is because, in my experience, within the "classic" interface, not everything that makes up the interface is compatible with each other. For example, some applets not working, and themes not displaying entirely correctly.
The ideal scenario is to have the advantages of the more efficient and updated code that Gnome 3 and Unity are built on, but to customize it so that a user can create the interface they are most comfortable with. In my case, that is a Gnome-2 like interface.
I hope to not have any political discussion about whether or not Unity and/or Gnome 3 changed for better or worse.
I just want to be able to do what I think makes Linux great: customize.
So, what would be the steps to recreate Gnome 2?