I had a similar experience when downloading LXLE. A friend recommended to replace XP on my ten year old ThinkPad. The reviews are good. The only available download is through a torrent. I used the torrent client included in Gnome running under Debian Squeeze. The download appeared to hang, but after an hour or so it started. It ran overnight before finishing. When I download a torrent, I upload several copies to pay it forward. That took another two days. Later, I turned the torrent client back on to upload more, and it did nothing for two days. I suspect that LXLE just doesn't have a big enough following to have high supply or demand, so long waits are sometimes necessary.
The wait might be worth it, as my experience with LXLE has been excellent. I want to keep XP, to run a few programs that won't run on anything else. That meant setting up dual boot on a 40 gig HD. First, I removed unneeded files and defragged the HD, then backed up data externally. Next, I used tools from System Rescue CD to create free space on the HD for LXLE. Finally, I installed LXLE with the dual boot option, specifying to put it in the newly created empty area. Installation went smoothly, like a text book example. Quite a few packages were downloaded during installation, not through torrents.
LXLE is working well. I'm writing this on the laptop under LXLE. Dual boot is fine. LXLE not only has no problem with the 1.6 gig PIII and only 1 gig of RAM, it works faster than XP. The installed set of packages is complete and defaults make sense. Wireless access is a snap. I highly recommend LXLE not only to people who want a light weight distro, but to anyone looking for something easy to use.