Instead, the project plans to tap the collection of extensions available for GNOME Shell, among which are already many that bring back classic user interface elements, Clasen noted.
Specifically, the project has decided to compile a list of supported extensions focused on re-creating the classic interface feel, including a classic Alt tab, task bar, min/max buttons, and main menu.
"To ensure that these extensions keep working, we will release them as a tarball, just like any other module," Clasen said.
Still to be decided is how users will turn on this new classic mode, but one option could be a switch in the GNOME Tweak Tool, he added.
Bottom line? It seems like GNOME is responding to its users at last. Will this stem the tide of GNOME 2 alternatives that keep appearing? I'm betting it will.