So by reading this, is it safe for me to assume that I can follow the Sarge How-To for Etch? Are the packages recommended for Sarge the same as those recommended for Etch?
Most packages are the same, but not all. Also some of the config files have been changed. ISPConfig works generally well on Etch, butthe perefct setup instructions are not 100% the same for etch, we will release a new howto when etch is released. If you have some linux knowledge, you should be able to use the sarge howto with etch too.