I just installed Debian 5 (Lenny) off downloaded DVDs and all is working.
In the past, I tried installing off CDs and the servers were too slow
for any updates I needed. I looked at the live CDs of Fedora 11,
Suse 11, Open Solaris, Mandriva 1 2009, and Mint 6. Debian blew them all away;
although I'm doing things more manually,
I finally feel I have an OS that will keep me intrigued for a while.........