The LX Terminal may be daunting to those unfamiliar with Linux but it is a powerful interface that allows users to control the system with typed commands.
Even though the LDXE GUI can carry out basic tasks such as moving and copying files, the terminal gives the user much more granular control. It allows commands to be strung together to carry out complex operations - for instance, monitoring a folder and automatically removing all files of a particular type.
Expect to be calling this terminal up a lot - every time you need to install a new software package or configure the system in some way.
Luckily even Linux novices like me can pick up commands and write simple bash scripts to control the system relatively rapidly, thanks to the wealth of wikis, forum postings and other information about Debian available online.
Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic. He writes about the technology that IT decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.