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I simply hate gnome 3, how inflexible it is, how slow it got and I was wondering that can you replace gnome 3 with gnome 2 in newer distro's (say for example Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS)?

Are there any security risks/flaws in older Desktop environments?

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    why not use Mate? it is designed for the purpose of providing a Gnome2-like experience with modern tech. – ashvatthama Sep 26 at 12:17
  • @ashvatthama One thing I really like about gnome is its application launcher, UI and user-friendly design. I've seen Mate but really didn't like its design. – Daniel Sep 26 at 12:25
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    @Daniel MATE is almost identical to GNOME 2. If you don't like the design, you can try something else. – Archisman Panigrahi Sep 26 at 12:27
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    GNOME2 used GTK2. Most of GTK2 is EOL, the only parts of it still maintained are the parts used by gimp which hasn't completed it's port to GTK3. LXDE used GTK2, however Lubuntu switched to Qt5 & LXQt with 18.10, MATE switched to GTK3 so long ago I can't recall which release, and XFCE was fully GTK3 by 19.10. GTK2 is dead, or probably more accurate on life-support, so GNOME2 is not possible, or at least not advisable. – guiverc Sep 26 at 12:27
  • @Daniel by "its application launcher" you mean the fullscreen launcher in GNOME 3? well, there's some third-party apps which offer a replacement. – ashvatthama Sep 26 at 12:39
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GNOME2 used GTK2.

Most of GTK2 is EOL, the only parts of it still maintained are the parts used by gimp which hasn't completed it's port to GTK3.

Lubuntu used LXDE which used GTK2, however Lubuntu switched to Qt5 & LXQt with Lubuntu 18.10

Ubuntu-MATE & the MATE desktop switched to GTK3 so long ago I can't recall which release (15.10 maybe, if not 16.04)

Xubuntu uses XFCE, which had fully ported to GTK3 by Xubuntu 19.10.

GTK2 is dead, or probably more accurately on life-support, so GNOME2 is not possible, or at least not advisable (security-wise, with very large portions of it abandon-ware)

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