I am looking to install linux on my pc. I want to get a distro that is not complicated to install like Arch for example, and doesn't have a whole bunch of programs pre-installed like Ubuntu for example.
I have a decent PC: 8th gen Intel 4c 8t processer 8gb RAM. Looking to code, browse the web, zoom. The point is I don't want a browser, media player, python, and other things ubuntu comes with, preinstalled. But I do want a GUI and don't want to work hard to install it.
What would be the right distro to try?
P.S. And will your recommendation change if i want to live boot it?