Originally Posted by Randicus Draco Albus
My Debian installations take about the same amount of time.
My netinstall definitely does not. It is not difficult
, but it takes longer and more thinking. First install the basic system, then dselect (without GUI, I don't want Gnome), then downloading a GB of packages including KDE.
But that is the difference between a customizable installation and a pre-cooked one. And I don't like the pre-cooked Debian, Mint is much better at it.
That having said, for my production machines I do prefer Debian. For quick and dirty and newbie installations LMDE is better IMHO.