Just did a download to install on a friend's computer. There were a couple of oddities.
1) The computer has an old IDE hard drive (hdb) and a SATA drive (sda) as listed under VL5.9.1. These were detected by the installer as sda and sdb respectively. (Note the mapping from hdb -> sda, and sda -> sdb) I've never seen this before in hundreds of previous installs. It was no big deal, but a bit puzzling at first.
2) LILO wouldn't install from the installer. I'm afraid I don't recall the exact error other than it failing. When installing I generally preserve the prior version on one partition and load the newer version on another, just in case. A reboot brought up the older LILO, untouched and booted me into VL5.9.1 now on /dev/sdb1. Using the installation disk (linux root=/dev/sdb2 ro) I booted to the newly installed version, and ran LILO from VASM and everything worked fine.
3) There were some profile migration troubles. In the past, I could simply choose to delete prior xsession defaults and everything was smooth. However, I didn't see this option, and the result was that I couldn't login as the user, except through an xterm. The error involved something like "Couldn't find Xconfig file" or something of that nature. Logging onto X as root was fine. I ended up adding a new user and deleting the older one after copying files as this seemed to be the fastest way to get things up. I'm sure there is a config file somewhere in that original user's home directory that is, perhaps referring to /etc/X11/xorg.conf and that this is the root of the problem as I'm running without xorg.conf.
4) My friend has an HP MFC printer which cups found as a usb:// device. It worked out of the box for printing. However, when I tried to use hp-setup, it was impossible to add it that way. An error occured at the very end of the process stating "Printer queue setup failed. Please restart CUPS and try again". This last part was important as it seems that you need an HP MFC device to be added via hplip (hp-setup) in order to use its scanning and fax functions. I'm not sure what happened here, but one lead I got was that perhaps one needs membership in the "lpadmin" group to properly add printers (http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=566692
). We have an "lp" group, but not, I think, an "lpadmin" group. It shouldn't matter, but there it is.
Other than that.... WOW! I never knew XFCE could look so good. I'm I die-hard KDE4 fan and this made me consider switching... Everything else *just works*. Thanks!