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well at the end of the day it will only run out of space if there is no space left, so it must be something else. How much does get installed? is it pretty quick to stuff up or does it go on for half an hour before complaining? are you actually just using one single 8gb partition? it's a good idea to split this up, say half for /usr (where most of the software will go) and the rest divided as you wish between / and /home say (1gb and 3gb).
what actually happens? if you poke around a bit you should be able to see some error messages (try changing the current console (alt + F1 to F4 might contain something)
I had the same problem once on a system installing Slack, it ended up being some sort of hardware conflict that was causing my installation to fail. It would actually finish but random packages would not install.
tghe swap space should be two times your RAM memory... for a perfect performance... however I'd siggest you to keep it below 1GB. You don't want a full install. There are too many useless things ands you can always install things later. Try a default instalation, they usually have sshd telnetd and wu-ftpd. With that you can access it remotely just fine. You might want an http server, then download the lates apache version and install it. I think that from the CD you should install the BASIC components... the rest download and install the latest stable version.