Old sandbox wasn't big enough
I am also on a Surface 3
I am using straight Debian (devuan's installer couldn't figure out GRUB) and just XFCE - this is mostly because I think... I hate all the touch DEs I've seen. I just use Onboard to get a screen keyboard.
My main issue is that youtube (the website) crashes it sometimes - so I wrote a little tool to make VLC do the work