|Extensions in Tweak Tool|
Detailed installation instructions are available on the home page. To install, unpack the tar file in your home directory and place the extensions in ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions, or make them available system-wide for all users in /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions. An RPM for Fedora 15 is also available as stated.
|GNOME Shell with application launchers top left, clock moved to the right|
What you get is something resembling the GNOME 2 environment as promised, including a lower panel that, unfortunately for now, seems to remain with the default dark glass color even when changing themes. Thus the slight discrepancy between upper and lower panel in the next screenshot. The panel is giving way to the notification bar in switcher mode (above).
|GNOME Shell with the Gaia theme and a proper bottom panel|
With the Disable Dynamic Workspaces extension users can get their four virtual desktops back and also get a traditional pager. The annoying behavior to pop up the notification bar every time the cursor has travelled into the lower right corner has been disabled, and there is now an exclamation mark next to the pager that needs clicking to bring up notifications.
Together with Tweak Tool for easier management of settings and a few other extensions like this one that allows to once again have system monitoring applets back in the bar this is starting to look and feel like a more modern version of the GNOME 2.x desktop, with Compiz enabled by default. With all the extensions around now just be careful not to overcrowd the panel. All you should need to do now is apply a nice theme and you're set.
|An Applications menu is replacing the Activities button, notifications coming up above the panel|