"I know that the hacker community has been uber busy
since the Asus EeePC broke through the clouds heralded by bugling
heavenly angels and Seraphims announcing its arrival in the digital
firmament. The roll call of customised GNU/Linux distros has grown
impressively. Most of them are designed for a full SSD install to
replace the Xandros OS. There are versions too for running some
distros from a USB stick but they were not, in the first instance
at least, for novices. In the year since the EeePC arrived on my
doorstep matters have progressed significantly. Several distros
designed for standard laptops have developed GUI tools for
installing GNU/Linux onto a USB stick that take the pain out of
formatting, partitioning and making it bootable. If you can point
and click you'll be in hog Heaven.
"Two GUIs stand out: Live USB Creator for Fedora and Create a
USB Startup Disk in the menu of Ubuntu 8.10 (under Accessories).
The latter is presumably specific for creating bootable Ubuntu USB
images whilst the corresponding tool in Fedora only allows you to
work with Fedora distros. There is a third option: Ubuntu Mobile
itself has developed a version of Intrepid Ibex (8.10) specially
modified for UMPCs and MIDs. (It was preceded by the Ubuntu Remix
project from which it borrowed code and ideas.)"