I liked the way the TinyMe live disc was working, but got to thinking of it, all testing was done on "Giga" class computers. I still have some boxes in the "Mega" class, but they are busy as headless servers. I dug around in my parts bin and found enough to cobble together a P3-600/64.
To get TinyMe to even load, I first had to create a swap partition on the hard drive. Then it took about 30 minutes for it to load up, launch the installer and fail without warning or explanation.
In about the same time, I installed VL 5.9 on this ancient box. Xfce runs, but that's about it. With Fluxbox or JWM however, the machine is usable for light duties.
This little trip down memory lane reminded me why I am using VL today. The text installer is fast and reliable. Easy access to the command line lets you troubleshoot and build up your system in steps, and see errors as they occur. This is great when you're working with old hardware of unproven reliability. And gives you a FAST end result.
I can see where VL-Light fits in. Same thing with SOHO/KDE. However, I'm having trouble getting comfortable with XFCE. It lies somewhere in between these two. Too heavy to be a speed demon, and too limited to satisfy my DE wants. If I was King, VL-Light would be the new VL Std.