*Sigh*. I never got used to GNOME 3. I tried, really really tried and even wrote two extensions for it to be able to stand it (along the other 10 written by third-parties that I installed -- how's that for a unified vision?), but then always felt completely crippled on my own computer.
GNOME "fallback" provided a nice familiar environment to me and immediately restored my productivitiy to its initial level.
It's sad to see it go. I really hope someone competent enough steps up and forks gnome-panel/metacity and maintain it. I'm fine with the rest of GNOME technologies and evolution, it's the Shell that I can't stand. IOW, I think MATE is trying too much to keep everything as they were.
Sorry GNOME, I guess it's time to remove the foot sticker from my laptop :)