AntiX Mepis 8.2 is a stripped down Mepis, using the Ice WM desktop on a Mepian/Debian Testing base.
Let's get down to business. I downloaded the .iso, put it on a 1GB stick using UNetbootin, rebooted and after hitting space to skip the video options, I was presented with a nice looking desktop. In the top right of the desktop there was Conky telling me what was going on with the CPU and stuff. A stormy looking background and a nicely configured panel completed the rather polished look.
No battery indicator anywhere, though I'm pretty sure that's easy enough to sort out.
So, first the acid test. Would it work with wireless?
Clicking on the network icon in the tray said yes, it did work.
So I hit connect, entered my WEP pass, hit OK...
...and then hit Connect again.
And there I was, connected.
But, could I toggle the wireless on and off?
This is something that almost every distro I've tried on the Eee fails on. Some can't turn it off. Some can turn it off but not on again. And some can turn it off and on but then run into trouble reconnecting.
So, I hit the wireless toggle (Fn+F2) and the blue wireless LED indicator went out. I waited about ten seconds and hit it again. The LED came back on and I was able to connect to my network again. Excellent!
I found the webcam app, Cheese, in the menus. Fired it up and voila! A working webcam!
I thought I'd take a look at what was available in the repositories as the screenshot utility is annoyingly forgetful of your settings. I opened up Synaptic and hit Reload. But no dice. Checked that I was still connected...hit it again, still nothing.
So I opened the Iceweasel browser and went to Google. Nothing. Still connected, though.
I rebooted into Mint and went to look for an answer...
...and found it. But first I changed the theme to something a bit more, er, green.
Anyway, when you start the wireless manager, Wicd, go to Preferences > External Programs > and enable dhclient. Like this:
And so I was able to use Iceweasel and Synaptic.
Flash works out of the box but there's no Java although that's only a Synaptic install away, as are the W32 codecs that I insist upon.
I say only a Synaptic install away...
...the menus really are something of a shambles.
With a little tweaking, this really could be the ideal distro for the Eee. Wireless, sound, webcam and resolution all working out of the box. It's a small-ish install (if you want smaller, look to Puppy), it looks good and it's nice and zippy.