1) Prepare a 8GB USB flash drive with a snow leopard install (eg: see mechdrew netbookinstaller 1 guide, using netbookbootmaker)
2) Perform the install to a second external USB flash drive/USB hard disk of at least 16gb capacity
3) While installing snow leopard, deselect all options and just leave the core. It will claim it needs just over 8GB to install (which is why you cant get it to install direct to the SSD
) but when the install is finished it will actually only result in 3.8g of usage.
4) remove the install usb drive, and boot from the second usb flash/hd. When you are up and running, use carbon copy cloner to clone the external usb flash/hd to the internal SSD
5) before you reboot, download netbookinstaller and tell it to install to your SSD
, selecting all options you are interested in, but at least vostra a90 and bootloader installer
When it's all said and done you should have 2.9gb of space left. Not bad.
Ta da! 10.6 running perfectly and quick on a stock $184 Vostro. Well that is how much mine was. Woo!
$ df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity Mounted on
/dev/disk0s2 6.8Gi 3.8Gi 2.9Gi 57% /
devfs 109Ki 109Ki 0Bi 100% /dev
map -hosts 0Bi 0Bi 0Bi 100% /net
map auto_home 0Bi 0Bi 0Bi 100% /home