Sidux is a Debian/Sid based distribution. It is one of the few distributions based on Debian that give back substantial feedback to the project. You can use Debian Installation to get a current kernel or you may install Sidux. With sidux there is plenty of free RAM and the IL1 ist fast and responsive, just as puppy-linux but unlike ubuntu 8.04 preinst. Just install sidux from stick and throw in the VGA driver. Takes 20 minutes.
Sidux can be a big space saver: if you use "fromiso persist" boot option, you use up only ~ 400 MB from the 2GB internal space, but have a full extensible system.
just make an USB stick with the usb-installer tool inside sidux. then copy the stuff manually to sda1 and do grub-install. also replace the uuid in /boot/grub/menu.lst with /dev/sda1/ to point to SSD instead of the usb-stick eventally. too bad, none of the VGA drivers work with latest sidux-lite 4/2008. But the VX800 drivers will move into the kernel. however, the WLAN is supported by sidux-4-2008.
- Back up your A110 SSD!
- You need a bootable USB-drive — either CD-ROM or an USB stick.
- Make sure you have a LAN-connection to the Internet.
- Download the current "Lite"-version of Sidux.
- Bring this to the bootable media (e.g. on your desktop PC: burn the CD and use the "Install to USB" function to copy it to your USB drive - attention: contents will be lost).
- After the backup (don't forget) - do a stock install of Sidux (takes approx. 15 minutes). This should work without any problem. Sidux runs like a charm on the A110 - except the known driver problems.
- When you've rebooted your machine into the new installation, login as root on console and fire up smxi - follow all steps on the screen. Add additional sources for apt, install the new kernel. After the installation of the new kernel I did a reboot (offered by smxi) - I dont know if this is needed.
- If you did the reboot, start smxi again.
- copy the driver from One VGA driver to /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers . You'll have to change your xorg.conf to use this driver - see LCD.
- I installed the kernel from One as boot option. Wireless will not work correctly with this kernel (at least for me --Helmar Wodtke 13:33, 5 June 2008 (UTC)).
Using Another Kernel
the latest sidux has system/sidux control center to take care of latest kernels & stuff
- Copy the bzImage or vmlinuz to /boot .
- Copy all modules to /lib/modules/your-kernel-xxxx , where "your-kernel-xxxx" is your specific kernel version (it should be this way in the archive or other source where you have it from)
- Simply change the menu.lst in /boot/grub :
- copy the menu entry for the default Sidux kernel
- change the kernel image to your bzImage or vmlinuz (Do not touch the initrd!)
- Try to reboot.
- If you want to see the penguin at startup, use the option vga=786 for the kernel.
in order to avoid excessive writes to flash media, Linux-from-flash-memory must take measures not not wear down the memory to soon. is yet unclear whether the IL1 flash chips have builtin wear levelling. 
make sure there is no "ro" grub kernel parameter
- /etc/fstab have noatime option active (no access-timestamps on files) (Sidux install script from stick does that ext3) mount -o noatime,nodiratime
- do not swap to builtin flash (fstab)
- echo 64 >/sys/block/sdb/device/max_sectors // or some other value small enough
- use appropriate fs jffs,yaffs
- otherwise use ext2 but not ext3 since ext3 wastes time and io for it's journalling
- puppy linux 4.1.1 is best suited for this purpose and runs from read-only usb-sticks too.
in sidux, ext2fs, nodiratime, and tmpfs were employed successfully. it leaves appr. 500M free of those internal drive's 2 GB. sidux is much faster than the preinstalled ubuntu 8.04 by one.de .
if smxi is not working for you, use siduxcc in textmode.
- WLAN - works using ndiswrapper -
- Cardreader - working (with kernel from One or the kernel module from SD) -
- Xorg - works -
- Sound - works -
if you are in a hurry, this is what you need to do to get a fresh Linux onto the IL1:
- boot IL1 with latest sidux-lite from usb-stick and use installer to hd ( = SSD )
- throw in the VGA driver as shown above (you may want to keep the autogenerated xorg.conf for better resolution switching)
- in 20 minutes or so you can be done with all that
- make a backup, which shortens a future restore op. to 15 minutes fixed.