Lets accept it, some users don’t like new shell in Gnome 3.0. There are always a subset of users in every DE who don’t like or need the new iterations of desktops. Some of them are more concerned about the lost functionality (as pointed out in the comments below) in these new iterations. When gnome 3.0 was released and its new shell became the point of attraction, many users were disappointed. They did want their old Gnome 2.32 panels and nothing else.
There is a classic section in the new Gnome 3.0 but there were many functionalities removed and many were not happy with it. They wanted to look for alternatives, but there weren’t many options. Fedora moved with gnome 3.0 and Ubuntu moved to unity. For the time being they can use the Opensuse 14, or (about to be released) Linuxmint 11 with the good old Gnome panel. But what after another release cycle? what when these distros will move evntually to the Gnome 3.0 land?
Take a look at the image below before I continue.
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No, the screenshot is not of the good old panel. This is a Gnome 3.0 shell with an extension (or better, a collection of extensions) enabled. These extensions make the shell look and act more like the old panel.
You get menu instead of activities view, application shortcuts could be placed on the panel, clock on the side etc. You could change or modify individual parts in this setup. For example, you could keep the clock in the center by deleting that particular extension.I have stated about the powerfullness of the Gnome 3.0 shell extension before. We (you) could modify the shell anyway we (you) want it.
The collection of the extensions can be downloaded from here. You could also find the description of individual extensions from the developer himself there.