After one of our local guys got me hooked on the distro, I can now see that the distro really has taken off and is very usefaull and pretty easy to use for admins.
I was impressed that I could still surf from CD, and shell into a server while installing. The distro upgrade comes next.
The install and upgrade went off without any issues. Wow. Even found my weird modem and sound card without having to mess with anything. 5 stars on installer and setup. Very nice and very simple.