hey, Ive been working on a project as of late and here's what Im doing. I recently acquired one of the little sylvania netbooks to play with, and looking at the hardware and everything, I discovered that the ARM processor in it, (wm8505) and the rpi is kinda close in architectures, arm5 vs arm6, so I started thinking. I found a debian kernel that runs on them, but no real good base system files, so just goofing around, I downloaded the soft-float version of debian off of the main raspberrypi.org website, and added that kernel in by just copy/pasting the folder and pasting it into the small FAT partition at the beginning of the SD card. Now, I can run debian/raspbian on my little netbook!
The reason I find this interesting is because while you have the rpi kernel stuff and the netbook kernel stuff on the sd card together (they use different layouts, aka wm8505 kernel uses script folder with kernel module inside) so you can use the same SD card, you can work on coding for a project or something, and if you need to leave, just shut down the rpi, remove the SD card, stick it in the netbook, and start up the netbook. The netbook will go right back to the rpi desktop and you have the whole OS, your programs, and everything right there with you on the go.
I find it to be really useful with projects, since I can develop all of my code and such on the rpi, and take the netbook with me to shows and run all of the code and such on the netbook, since all of the drivers for stuff like the arduino, usb-> serial adapters, and stuff like that works fine. So you can hook up your arduino projects, and you have a self powered system that runs everything the rpi does, and same software, and everything to power the arduino/everything, and you can just run your projects off of it just like you normally do. Also built in keyboard/mouse/screen is a major plus
Sound doesnt work atm, neither does battery display, but it just runs till it runs out of battery life. Mine usually runs for 5-6 hours, so it's not that bad. Wifi does work fine, but when starting up from cold boot, sometimes the thing becomes troublesome, which can be fixed by just doing a simple reboot, then you have working wifi built in. There's also a script that I have called fixwifi.sh, and if your interested, I can post the code here for it.
Here's what the netbook looks like:
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Sylvania-7in-Wir ... ~60_57.JPG
I suspect that really all wm8505/vt8500 series netbooks may work.
Here's the kernel that works for this, just extract this to the 50MB SD card partition and your good to go.
http://code.google.com/p/yus-repo/downl ... art.tar.gz
I put up a full post/walkthrough to do all of this on my blog here:
http://cae2100.wordpress.com/2013/04/10 ... ian-linux/
Hope this interests someone because Ive seen a few of these cheap netbooks around for around 30-40 dollars. They're also known as the CVS Netbook.
Edit: before anyone asks the question, the thing wont play videos or 3d games due to 400Mhz, 128MB ram, and no dedicated graphics processor like the rpi, but it is good for code and electronics projects.