Originally Posted by mphayesuk
does debian have a gui interface or is it just text based... (currently downloading it 15 disks.......)
Like FeeBSD, Debian is very basic and stable.
Upon these OS's you can install almost anything you like.
If you do a netinstall, you only need 1 cd.
Try the command "apt-cache search kde" for example in Debian's command line. and you will find a lot of software related to KDE.
With the command apt-get install <softwarename> you can install whatever you choose.
My experience is: use Debian for a server, Ubuntu for a desktop.
Ubuntu recognises your hardware very well.