I have been using Ubuntu Desktop (GNOME) for more than two years, and I'm addicted to its beauty (themes, mouse cursors, menu location, &c.). But I like to experiment with my system, compile it from source and explore how it works. I tried Gentoo and liked it a lot.
It works fine on my server, but when I tried to install the GNOME environment using the official handbook, I was disappointed to find that its GNOME differs from Ubuntu's. It had another theme and very inconvenient font and cursor. Also, I could open the "Applications" menu.
I was very disappointed, and switched back to Ubuntu 10.10. But the idea of switching will not leave me alone. Is there a way to convert my Gentoo graphical environment to Ubuntu's, leaving everything as-is? If so, what is it? I would appreciate a step-by-step solution.