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Re: Gnome3 and Wheezy.

On 11/14/2012 05:04 PM, GEOFF BAGLEY wrote:
> I have been looking forward to the update of
> my favourite operating system Debian  from
> squeeze to wheezy.
> I thought it would be interesting to update
> one of my machines ( an  amd64 bit ASUS), 
> and I have just spent two days trying to use
> the new desktop Gnome3.
> I have been SO disappointed that at this
> moment I am re-installing squeeze.

It's possible that you may have jumped the gun a little on going back to
Squeeze. It may be that you'll want to switch to a different desktop
environment, like Xfce. It's very similar in many ways to older versions
of Gnome. And there are even simpler DEs like LXDE.

> I was sorry to see that the very useful 
> GNOME web-browser Epiphany has been replaced
> by a very  stupid and noisy game of that 
> same name.  I had some difficulty getting
> rid of it.

Epiphany browser is still available in Wheezy, as the epiphany-browser

> I have poor eye-sight, and make much use of
> "CTRL shift +"  to magnify that which I need
> to see,  and "CTRL -"  to reverse.  This was not possible in many GNOME3  cases.

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with that feature of the old Gnome, and I
don't know whether or not a similar feature exists in Xfce.

> Please why can we not have a choice of the
> new-fabgled desktop (for those who like it)
> and the old, well tried Gnome desktop for
> folks like me ?

Well, there have been a lot of folks who feel that way. I understand
that there's a branch of Gnome 2 still under development, but not by the
Gnome project people. I don't recall the name of that alternative. Gnome
had already got a bit gimmicky for me in later versions of 2.x, so I had
already wandered off into Xfce-land by the time Gnome 3 came out.

> I have been using the "old"  version of the
> Gnome desktop ever since they wrecked KDE3
> and introduced KDE4.
> I think that the KDE exampled was abad one,
> but has been repeated.

Yes, there has been much discontent since the advent of both KDE4 and
Gnome 3. I hope the Gnome project folks are making lots of omelets,
'cause they've certainly broken a lot of eggs.


I hope you find something suitable to your needs.

Best regards,
the worrier

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