I have tried to warm up to GNOME 3 several times, and always ended up despising it. To me it’s really a toss up as to which one sucks more: GNOME 3 or Unity. I suppose the one I dislike most is the one I’m using at a particular moment. Anyway, I digress.
So I recommend giving GNOME Classic a shot instead. But then again, I’m old school when it comes to desktop interfaces. Your mileage may vary considerably, so use whichever works best for you.
Linux Software Included in Debian 7.0
Here’s a sample of the linux software included in this release.
Free Cell Solitaire
Inkscape Vector Graphics Editor
Shotwell Photo Manager
Empathy Internet Messaging
Remote Desktop Viewer
Transmission BitTorrent Client
Brasero Disc Burner
Cheese Webcam Booth
Rhythmbox Music Player
Sound Juicer Audio CD Extractor
Evolution Mail and Calendar
LibreOffice (Base, Calc, Draw, Impress and Writer)
Linux Software Management Tools in Debian 7.0
If you are comfortable with the command line, you can use APT to manage your software in Debian 7. You can also use Synaptic. Synaptic is powerful, but potentially confusing for folks new to Debian.
However, if you prefer a graphical software management tool that is a bit easier to use, you can opt for the Add/Remove tool instead. It’s not as slick as Ubuntu’s Software Center or Linux Mint’s Software Manager, but it will get the job done.
Just find the application you want to install, click the checkbox next to it then click the Apply button. Uncheck it and click Apply to remove it later if you want.
Problems & Headaches Found in Debian 7.0
One thing I found distasteful was how an ad blocker was automatically installed in Iceweasel. When I opened Iceweasel, I got a confirmation that it was installed. I was not asked if I wanted it, it just appeared there without any input from me.
This is an odd decision on the part of the Debian developers, assuming they were the ones who made it. It may be that the ad blocker simply comes with Icweasel. I don’t use Icweasel as my browser, so I’m not sure what the default configuration is for it. If somebody knows, please post your thoughts in the comments.
But here’s why I don’t like having an ad blocker installed by default in Icweasel:
First, it forces the ad blocker plugin on the user, without asking him or her if they want it in the first place.
Second, the use of such plugins indiscriminately often hurts sites such as this one that are not backed by big corporations. Independent sites depend on ad revenues to pay for hosting costs, domain names, and other costs associated with running sites. I’m always grateful to the readers who whitelist Desktop Linux Reviews in their ad blocker, it helps me keep the site running as I’m not a rich person.