May as well wait a couple of weeks and jump directly to 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) which is the next LTS (5 years support for updates etc.).
I've been running the beta here since January and it's been fine. The Gnome 3 fallback session desktop is very much like the Gnome 2 desktop I am used to on my 10.04 desktop machine.
Initially I disliked Unity - however once I got used to it, it is actually faster to use and the layout makes a lot of sense on my laptop's wide screen format. I've not used in for any length of time on the desktop PC to know how it's going to workout there - I think the global menu 'feature' is going to be a pain, however that can easily be disabled by removing one package.
The "normal" Gnome interface as you term it is essentially dead as Gnome 2 is no longer being developed. There might be some hope if the MATE desktop project gains momentum - they forked Gnome 2 in order to try and keep it alive.
It might also be worth your while running up the LiveCDs for both Xubuntu and Lubuntu to see if you prefer those interfaces (XFCE and LXDE respectively), they are both quite Gnome-esque in layout.
Edited by GeeTee (Thu 12-Apr-12 22:11:23)