Last Wednesday this blogger downladed and burned a boot iso network install of Debian Etch Linux. He was bored with computers and needed something new to play around with.
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As I recall, the download was small, only about 125MB, so that part was quick on the good old broadband connection. When I rebooted the computer the iso did its thing and after I answered a few logical questions off it went to internet land to fetch the rest of the install. The whole process took about an hour to an hour and a half. Booting into Debians Gnome desktop for the first time was nothing exciting, probably because Ive done this so many times before with so many other distros.