So I went back to Debian, haven’t ran straight Debian for a while. Set up and encrypted hard drive, which is nice, and Debian so far is the only one I’ve seen that give the option on install Read about it here
I told the system to update itself to the Unstable branch, I tend to run something based off Unstable or Testing anyway, and it removed my GUI and wouldn’t give it back. I got the Debian Testing Nightly build install, and it installed fine. I told it to install KDE, my preferred GUI. It did. KDE 4. Which was ok, because I wanted to try KDE 4 out.