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.