|Fedora 17 with GNOME Shell|
GNOME 2 still exists and two other new desktop managers gained some focus with their fast and dynamic development by communities. Both are closely related to nowadays famous Linux distribution: Linux Mint. Furthermore, Cinnamon itself is developed by Linux Mint developers. I mentioned two, so the other one is MATE, which a bit more like the old GNOME 2.x, as Cinnamon is using more elements from GNOME 3.x.
|MATE 1.1 on Ubuntu|
At the moment I don't want to get into deep details but let me share a newly released promo video about the Cinnamon 1.6 desktop environment. Feel free to comment, ask and share.