Originally Posted by citruspers
I'd give Crunchbang a try, it's quite small, and very light. It should absolutely fly on your netbook.
Crunchbang is based on Ubuntu, but trimmed down. Of course, there's also Ubuntu Netbook Edition.
i second crunchbang
its quite impressive for a little light weight... install is less than 3gb and on my vm i run for school it takes 45mb of ram on start up, my home machine takes like 100 or 150ish though lol so it can get a little more robust depending on what you want to do...
one problem with the quoted statement though, its based on debian not ubuntu
it even uses the debian squeeze kernal and the debian repositories.... saying its based off of ubuntu is an out right insult, debian never gets any credit
ive also tried damn small linux, that was pretty cool just for an ultra light little 50mb iso... and ive tried puppy linux... puppy linux was about 100mb iso when i checked it out, and was really good about live disc features while being fairly easy to use for a super minimalistic distro
if you are going live disc, check out puppy linux to see what it does... you can save files to your hard drive and save your config to your hard drive and stuff and use all taht stuff every time you boot from a disc or usb with puppy linux, if you are going an actual system install crunchbang would do ya well just because its a little more full featured while still being relatively light weight...
the problem though, you arent really gonna get a nice os for under 2gb... the minimalistic ones are tiny, but they arent the easiest to use and lack some features that would be kinda difficult to put in... if you are short on hard drive space, consider installing to a usb
can pick up an 8gb usb for dirt cheap these days and that would hold just about any linux install you want (aside from the ridiculous dvd sized ones)
NOTE: got my vm of #! up right now, 2.30gb hard drive space used, 46mb of ram... hard drive space doesnt go up so fast, but the ram usage spikes up pretty fast once you start loading programs (duh)