So an update after using it for a day or so now. Overall I'm very impressed and like it quite a lot.
One thing that I think should really be included by default is the activity-log-center-control-center package which adds the "Privacy" section to System Settings allowing users to control logging on their systems. I'm also a fan of synaptic and don't understand why it was removed from the default packages.
One problem that I am having right now is regarding installing .deb files. While installing via the command line using dpkg works fine, double clicking ends with an "The action cannot be completed." and more details gives the following error:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/defer/__init__.py", line 489, in _inline_callbacks
result = gen.send(result)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/sessioninstaller/core.py", line 669, in _install_package_files
TypeError: install_package_files() takes exactly 4 arguments (5 given)