I tried Debian and made a mess of it! I was trying to persuade it to live on my 16GB SD card and it wasn't as intuitive as the Ubuntu variants. There are all sorts of other possibilities. I have burnt a livecd of the distro that used to be known as geubuntu.It is Ubuntu using the Enlightenment window manager. It looks very pretty on my desktop machine. I might find time to try this out soon.
At the moment though I have installed Ubuntu using an external DVD drive. A s I said about eeexubuntu, I thought I'd better shift to a ubuntu variant that had a bit more Asus community support.
I used the scripts and tips from a wiki called Ubuntu-eee or something like that.
Here is the link: Ubuntu eee
The script pack I took on trust: well almost completely. The script gives you a list of all the available options, if you don't specify any when you call it.
If you are brave you put all
after the script. I specified the options individually with the exception of the X11 stuff. Everything works that needs to be fiddled for function keys and wireless. The tips for running the web camera in the eeexubuntu forum worked for me.
One problem: the overclocking by using a function key gave me a 'broken' display and a hang of the system. Maybe I need to use the X11 portion of the script to be able to use that?
I chose to install to the SDHC and used guided partitioning for the whole of it. This gave me a swap partition. I have seen comments that say that the SSD can cope happily with a swap partition and journalling systems without the 'traditional' wear problems. I've hedged my bets by installing to the SDHC. No problems so far.
As regards size of screen: I have put the Littlefox theme into Firefox and put 'show/hide' buttons on the panels. This helps a fair bit and the script mentioned above tweaks the fonts and desktop.
When I boot I get a traditional menu with options to check memory, run checks on the SSD and boot into Xandros from the SSD.
In Xandros, I have installed the advanced desktop and pinned the repositories in the hope that the extra ones won't bork the system. As a precaution I have made a restore usbstick from the ASUS dvd. It works!