Forget about fancy desktop environments and do a clean install of the awesome windows manager i3 on Debian 8.
By: David On: Fri 31 July 2015
Set up a Server in your VirtualBox in a few simple steps so you can fire it up whenever you need it, or simply use it as a playground for your VPS. A Nginx server is small, efficient, and easy to use.
Install Guest Additions for Debian to enable full screen display and more.
When installing Debian 8, there is a software selection page where "standard system utilities" is preselected for you. Ever wondered what that package includes? Use tasksel to find out.
Debian without a desktop environment is simple, clean and full of potential. It is the ideal set up for installing your own choice of desktop environment that doesn't come with the Debian installer, or for setting up a Debian server.