What is the problem with the Debian installer? You have a graphical installer now and it is not difficult... And for "a desktop environment, and a few selected applications", well, Debian also provides you that.
I was actually all kindsa proud of myself a couple of months ago because I successfully installed Debian Squeeze/Xfce (the new installer is easy enough - netinstall) and finally got it to recognize and work on my hardware and had it all configured just the way I wanted it... but it took the better part of three weeks
of Googling, trial-and-error, frustration, and learning a few new curse words to finally get it done... and what I ended up with after all that, was something very close to Xubuntu! And I was like, Why the heck did I put myself through all that!?
It lasted until an update killed the audio, and rather than skip school and endure God-only-knows-what to get it working again, I wiped it away and put Xubuntu on.
Yes, I learned a few things. But to be blunt, I don't care to ever go through that again. I also have a severe bandwidth restriction on this satellite internet service - an allotment I exceeded and got slowed down to 1/6th of dialup speed for about two weeks afterwards - which prevents me from attempting another netinstall.
It's so much nicer for a geek-challenged kid like me to rely on the wonderful folks from Ubuntu, Mint, Mepis, PureOS, etc to "tame" Debian for me. If not for them, alot of people like me would never have access to Debian's awesomeness! And even though I succeeded that one time (bragging rights?), I'm not up to it anymore and frankly have lost interest in tinkering with the OS. I just want to run applications
, not the OS. Too much else going on in my little life right now.
I'll save up for a new 'puter and hope I have enough to get one by the time support for Linux Mint 8 runs out. And I much prefer a Debian base since it's what I'm used to and alot more familiar with.Y'know what would be awesome
, is if I could install Linux Mint 8 Xfce and then change the repositories to Debian Testing - and have a "rolling release Mint!" But I'm told that it wouldn't work, because of incompatibility between Ubuntu and Debian.