Personally I really like Debian 5.03. It's an extremely stable distro.
I am using the KDE version.
I have not done the net install and would not recommend it unless you
know exactly which packages you wish to install.The base install it refers
to does not include a desktop, so the download will be as large as
just downloading the standard CD version.
You only need CD1 of Debian to do a complete install. The other CD's
or DVD's are all the additional packages and you do not need them.
debian-504-i386-CD-1.iso is the Gnome desktop version
debian-504-i386-kde-CD-1.iso is the KDE version.
You can download them here.http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/5.0.4/i386/iso-cd/
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