I know Debian is general purpose, so a Debian install could just as easily be a server as a desktop. It seems, however, that even with a DVD of disk1 from Debian, it is downloading a tremendous number of files from the network mirror. I would have thought a DVD would be enough to get a base desktop installation running. What am I missing here?
Let me clarify: I chose "SSH Server" and "Desktop Environment" in tasksel. Is GNOME not a part of the primary installation DVD?