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Just installed Debian64 and made the mistake of ticking "Debian Desktop". It dumped the whole of Gnome on me. What a waste of bandwidth! It'll take me a month to ...
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    I should have known better!


    Just installed Debian64 and made the mistake of ticking "Debian Desktop". It dumped the whole of Gnome on me. What a waste of bandwidth!

    It'll take me a month to work out what I've got here and how much of it I actually want. There are programs in the desktop menu that I've never heard of. What the heck is Empathy? No, don't tell me, I'll google it.

    Oh, one thing I just noticed is that when you click on a menu, your current open window shrinks away, but when you click on it, it resizes itself. Quite amusing; I supose that's what they call compositing.
    "I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"

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    Ah, the "joy" of the gnu gnome! I still prefer 2.x myself. The 3.x version really sucks (to quote the bard)! I think you can still revert to 2.x - much more user friendly, IMO. You can also switch to other lightweight desktops, such as xfce, et al.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubberman View Post
    Ah, the "joy" of the gnu gnome! I still prefer 2.x myself. The 3.x version really sucks (to quote the bard)! I think you can still revert to 2.x - much more user friendly, IMO. You can also switch to other lightweight desktops, such as xfce, et al.
    This morning I discovered that if you choose "classic gnome" in gdm, you get a much more user-friendly desktop with a proper menu and none of this mad swooping about. It's quite interesting to see Linux after a standard installation, the way a newbie would see it; a complete package with all the software you could ever need. Very nice but not really to my taste.

    Empathy turns out to be a chat client. Well, that can go for a start.
    "I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"

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