It can be as simple as you care to make it .
I also chose the minimal install, and very pleased with the result.
It is as simple as:
a) download, check md5sum, burn to CD
b) run the installer and when the base system is installed
c) install the graphics layer: ->
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
d) install a Desktop manager ( I like xfce4)
sudo apt-get install xorg
You will probably want a web browser, say for instance FireFox (lighter browsers are available)
sudo apt-get install xfce4
And you now have a basic totally usable operating system - with some bells and whistles - what else you add is up to you /Maybe a Display Manager - (??), I don't -- unneeded overhead in my book, YMMV.
sudo apt-get install firefox
That system is whatever you choose to make of it.
You will boot to a terminal, to start the GUI desktop. Terminal command:
NOTE: DO NOT use elevated privilege [sudo] to start the desk top, permission havoc will ensue in that event!
The 'buntu world is now your oyster ->
And it is