Installed Debian 4 (etch) on Debbie's hard drive and this time I did it the easy way. My DSL line is twice the speed it was at the time I started this whole thing. So it loaded and installed almost faster than installing the CDROM ISO version of SP3 on one of the XP systems I did today! It definitely installed faster than the executable version on the Virtual PC XP image. Took about an hour max. I didn't think to time it but considering I loaded it on a 2.4 GHz Celeron and the SP3 installs were on 2.8 P4's and a P4 Duo at the office it was considerably faster taking into account CPU speed and performance. Certainly fast enough to avoid the isolated thunderstorms we were getting today!
This time I loaded mostly server functionality with a Gnome desktop and IceWeasel. I'm hoping that the feature set of FireFox3 gets added to IceWeasel soon, since the Windows version works so well.
Samba3, like the last time, came up running as if nothing was wrong. I'm going to be very careful this time and set it up slowly and with careful planning.
The Disk Manager looks very nice and I think they have improved the look of the GUI. I'm also pleased to see that it will mount and read NTFS5 partitions, even on USB flash drives.
This install version is running faster, the desktop is much more responsive. I don't know if that is a result of me limiting what got installed or not.
More to come on the new adventures of DebbieToo.