Re: Debian taking forever to install
LXDE is not for everybody. If you are used to tile your windows with the mouse, forget about that. It lacks some features and configuring it sometimes takes some XML knowledge.
By the way, Lubuntu doesn't have less stuff. It has the same stuff, the DE itself is just lighter.
If you want something without bloat, install Debian without a desktop (at the end when you are prompted to decide which components you want to install, select none), and when you log in run:
sudo apt install -y lxde-core
That gives you LXDE without any program that comes installed with the default desktop (like LibreOffice). If you want something more modern and Windows-like, run:
sudo apt install -y cinnamon-core
If you are trying to get started on Linux, I recommend you read "The Linux Bible" or "The Linux Command line" for a more practical approach with the CL. I'd you don't read anything, at least some documentation, you'll have a lot of trouble getting your OS up and running and you'll never stop distro-hopping because you'll be looking for something like Windows, and you'll never find it. That's my experience at least.
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