I have installed VL 6.0 Lite to the 4Gig SSD internal drive on my Eeepc 701 shortly after its release. I love the desktop and theming that comes with the Icewm window manager. I was pleased by the performance of VL on this netbook. Congratulations on a fantastic distro.
800x480 display (option offered with initial configuration during install)
Wifi (although not very well on wpa or wep encrypted router)
VL Hot detects usb flash drive and external usb dvd/cdrom without difficulty.
What Doesn't Work:
SDHC card ( mislaid my 4Gig SDHC card so am unable to test it at this time)
The default Xandros OS is the only linux OS that I have tested where wifi works well on both open and encrypted networks. Every other distro has (with varying degrees of success) worked well with open networks but had some difficulty with encrypted networks. Some refuse to work on encrypted networks at all while others will connect one time and not the next (but then hook up again later or not) and yet others negotiate a connection without difficulty but download speeds are similar to that of a dial up connection all the way up to about 25kb intermittently on dsl broadband.
WPA connection with VL 6.0 Lite falls into the latter group with connection speeds at or just above those acheived in dial up connections. I have not tested it on an open connection but I believe it would be likely to perform well since most Linux distros that I have tried do very well with open networks.
Having the ability to connect with WPA encrypted networks is a convenience for use about the house but is not a necessity. I generally sit at my desk and have the option of plugging in the cable (which is what I do most of the time). I only encounter open networks out of the house.
On that basis compliing the driver for ethernet use would be the only task necessary to make VL 6.0 Lite useful on this little box. However, installing kernel sources and dev files leave only about 500MB given the applications that I chose not to install. Not much room to manuever there given the fact that I only have a 4Gig SSD to work with.
It makes much more sense (I think) to have this package in the repositories than to produce a VL version specifically for the EEE. A new VL version would require a lot of work and a lot of testers. I find that a bit silly, when the majority of people don't have netbooks (at least, not on this forum)
This makes a lot of sense. The folks over at Puppy Linux have compiled a series of packages against the 188.8.131.52 kernel used in the 4.1.x and 4.2.x releases. These provide drivers for sound, wifi, eee fan and cpu control and Fn key functionality. One only need to download and install them with a single click. That works well. Ubuntu variants can use Adams kernel and drivers.
I think that you made a good choice with the Sylvania netbook. I really enjoy my Eeepc. I have no problem with the small screen and keyboard and I can overclock the CPU to the rated 900MHz ( which is enough for me). I made a simple gui to allow me the option of changing fan and clock speeds from the desktop. However, the lack of hard drive space is a limitation.