Gday Mate! (Does that instantly make me a know-nothing American, or can I actually greet you that way?)
I live in the Debian/Ubuntu world and I just redid Squeeze on my machine not 10 days ago. I of course used a netinst CD.
My first thought on your post was that you weren't connecting to the net, but looking over your logs it is obvious that a number
of packages WERE installing -- it's just at some point you weren't getting packages and it all went to heck from there.
I checked you out BTW. You show as "Noob" but your prior posts indicate a level of serious study and pretty good understanding.
The short answer is, I don't see anything wrong with what you did
So, in true linux fashion, I recommend breaking the problem into simpler pieces.
Go reinstall from scratch and when you get to the point where it says "what kind of system do you want" -- don't say "desktop" (which is natural, and it
looks like what you did). Instead select "standard system". See if that will install for you. Once you have that, you have a fully functional
Debian, just no GUI. You can then add just the parts you need.
I used to do Gnome, before they messed it up with Gnome3, then I jumped ship to xfce. I Googled "Adding XFCE to a minimal gnome system" and found
instructions which said "install standard system", then apt-get install the following. (If you don't already know it, aptitude and synaptic live on top
of plain old apt. It is worth learning how to use apt because you don't need a GUI at all to install software (including a GUI).)
Attached are my own notes for setting up my system with a netinst and then going to xfce. I am sure you can find similar advice on how to add kde to a minimal
Documenting the installation of Debian Squeeze on Feynman, May 2012
Used the netinst CD for squeeze (there is only one version).
Did a basic install and then from tasksel selected "standard system" (which
is NOT the Desktop system ... it's much more minimal, I also checked the ssh-server box to save time).
Then I added xfce stuff.
apt-get install --no-install-recommends \
xorg xfce4 alsa-base alsa-utils cpufrequtils gamin xdg-utils \
I don't know what gamin does but it was recommended. The "no-install-recommends option does reduce the number of packages you get when you install.
I added xfce4-terminal (to get a nicer looking terminal)
apt-get install vim mc openoffice.org mplayer gimp google-chromium
(In this way I end up w/ Chromium as my only browser).
To get youtube and MP to work
apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree (Chromium is alleged to default to
flashplugin ... but not on 64-bit Debian ... maybe other OSs).