| Yup, what needs to be changed in the installer, IMHO, is : better hardware detection instalation, and that includes Xfree86 and USB. a newbified install option, where packages are selected in groups based on description, rather than proper names.
example: office tools for X (abiword, gnumeric etc) would be one group, multimedia utilities: (cd burning, mp3 player, mpeg/avi players etc) would be another group etc etc.
apt-get working mirror selctable by location during install.
maybe all these things aren’t needed for everyone, but in my case, i just haven’t been able to get a potato install, to work properly on my dual athlon machine. But i enjoy the way debian feels, much more than other distros, so i just hold tight and wait for woody to get released, and hope it will install poperly.