Don - KM4UDX
Dan -- yes, I ended up doing as you suggested. I still had to go through the partition process. Which freeked me out a bit, but you set a fat32 primary with root/efi (or close to that) with a flag of "esp" set, and I made the rest of the space root mounted at the "/". Then the install worked, and I am using firefox now as I type this. So yeaaaaa.
As for the motivation, under ubuntu, my mouse would freeze, the system would lock, all at random times. So I wanted to try and improve things....
Now I have to get WSJTX and FLDIGI installed on this new lubuntu OS. If I can get these two apps working, then I will be a happy camper.
So far so good.