I doubt it, especially since the Ubuntu decision earlier this year to drop the Unity 8 desktop and switch to GNOME.
Debian stable, currently Stretch, is starting to get a little old (it came out in July 2017), so it is worth enabling backports for some packages (for example Ansible) and this can now be done during the install. You will probably also need to enable “non-free” in order to get things like WiFi working, again this can be done when running the installer now.
One thing that works well for me is booting the Debian installer over Ethernet. Since I have OpenWRT running on my home and work router, I can easily set the router up as a PXE boot server with a Debian stable image — this means that to install Debian on any machine you simply need to plugin in a Ethernet cable, access the BIOS, set the machine to boot from the network and then it boots straight into the Debian installer, no messing around with USB sticks or CDs.