After Ragging on Etch last month, the last two servers I've built at home have been Etch boxes.
Downloading the cd installation iso has been so painless and quick (thanks to the CERIAS mirror) close by. Then
apt-get install tightvncserver openbox xterm
I know the identical command would probably work on Ubuntu for a nice headless box, I'm now leaning towards Etch on the server in place of Ubuntu Dapper LTS.
We'll see how Xen and Vmware-server go.