Switching from Fedora to Debian, this blogger writes about his experience with installing Etch
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Feeling adventurous I decided to use the graphical mode of the installer. I found it a little confusing, at each stage you can double-click on an item or click on the continue button to cause the action to be performed. The partitioning section was a little unclear too, but given that it has more features than any other partitioning system I've seen I wasn't too worried (options of creating a degraded RAID array and for inserting a LUKS encryption layer at any level are really nice). The option to take a screen-shot at any time was also a handy feature (I haven't yet inspected the PNG files to see what they look like).