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Clutter is a notorious cheapskate. And the 'phone home' and other control freak
stuff that Msft had cranked in by then just made me see red in a BIG way! So
no Win 2000 or XP for me: 'Bow down to us and pay tribute or we'll disable
your OS.' Yikes! Further, I was becoming a bit of a hardware hobbyist and was
accumulating multiple copies of the standard tower/monitor/kbd/mouse...
Meanwhile, 98SE was nearing end of support and was going to be cut off by
Msft... and I was spending ever increasing amounts of time playing the
security software updates Bozo Shuffle- ugh!
There was no way I was going to be able to afford paying a hundred bucks on
each and every setup. Then there was this Linux thing: 'Here, have a free OS on
us. We'll do as good or better on updates supporting security and functionality.
You'll be safer...' At that time, under those circumstances, I dove right in. That
move knocked me back from a 'fairly competent HS senior', computer wise,
to a frustrated grade schooler. I had to relearn a bunch of stuff. Linux was
pretty different. But I stayed the course. Sure am glad I did! There are a lot of
nice people supporting Windows in forums like this- but I found some equally
nice folks who would patiently support my growing pains with Linux!
I don't know anything about Refracta either. Just a few points maybe already made, but in summary.
ESP (EFI System Partition) needs to be FAT32 and flagged as "esp" with partition editor. I usually do "boot" flag too but don't think Linux needs that, maybe Windows does.
There's no point in a separate /boot partition unless / is encrypted. It's only where GRUB files live but initial boot happens from ESP.
I was hesitant to try using UEFI until about 4 years ago with a new PC so I did some reading and installed Win 10 and siduction. It's easier than MBR system as long as you use GPT partition scheme. I've installed/reinstalled quite a few OSs since then. Just did Debian Buster netinstall twice (one for main system and one for possibly destructive testing. I have broken it already 😈 ) last week and it easily picked up the ESP and used it.
Happy to answer any direct Debian questions if you ask. I'm afraid I got lost in all the words above so may have missed something. Possibly attributable to several classes of a nice shiraz last night closing with a Canadian Club shot. 😵