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If you have installed Gnome 3, you can change the window manager/desktop environment in the session manager.
When you click your user name to log in, before you enter your password, the session manager appears and it is there that you select your environment. Whatever you select should remain the default choice until you change it.
I took a look at Gnome 3 on Fedora in VirtualBox. I think you will find it more like Unity than it is like Gnome 2. You might consider taking a look at LXDE or XFCE.
There should be a session chooser that lists, at the least, Unity, Ubuntu Desktop Classic, and a couple of others. It doesn't come into view until you click to log in. On my computer, it appears in the bottom panel along with the language chooser and something else I forget.
you might have auto login enabled on your computer, which is a feature i personally like, but many people don't. Log out. Type your users name and pass
word and then before you press enter look down at the bottom of the screen. I think it's called session. Here is where you select what desktop you use out of the nods you have installed