There is a good part and a not so good part to this report. Basically, I did an online install with the DE being KDE. No problems with install and now everything is running fine.
BUT, it took about 11 hours. Yesterday, I just started the install and just let it run. Now the bad news. It is a miracle that the job completed. I use a satellite service for ISP, so the signal zips up and back down, but yesterday, with forest fires all around us, you could hardly see or breathe. No sun at all, everything looked yellow, the sky, the ground. Been that way for about 4 days.
I really enjoyed reading the output of the Terminal app. I need to install a lot of thing. Mainly Qt stuff and R. So, I have music playing, coffee at the ready, and no wife. I think it will be a good day.