No xterm (or equivalents) immediately accessible in default etch
We in Linux heavily use the command-line.
So, I was dismayed when my new Debian etch version displayed a Gnome
interface WITHOUT ANY XTERM (or GNOME-TERMINAL or KONSOLE)
and not even any immediate panel options for these terminals.
Gnome's "Add to Panel" includes a trashcan and a file-manager just like
Microsoft, but not one of Unix's foundations -- a text terminal.
I eventually kludged a gnome-terminal icon onto the Gnome panel.
Or I can
Applications -> Accessories --> Terminal
but this should not be the primary approach to command-line entries.
Yes, once I have a gnome-terminal running, future logins re-deploy it,
and that's actually an improvement to making inclusions in ~/.xsession
(although Gnome drops some applications from later logins as Sun did
10 years ago).
THE XTERM (or its equivalent) SHOULD BE IN MY FACE
THE VERY FIRST TIME I LOGIN,
requiring at most a single obvious mouse click.