Originally Posted by reflex
It'll be a (possibly futile) struggle to get anything except Windows XP/Vista/7 working well on netbooks with GMA500 graphics, which includes the old Dell Mini 10 (model 1010).
While he is right; I don't think I would go so far as to say it is futile. It does require a little more effort. Several distro's have support for the GMA 500 chip set. But only (at least in the ones I have tested), Mandriva has first install support for the 1024X576/600 resolution. Wiith Mandriva when you install it support for the GMA 500chip set is automatic. It also has several flash drivers that are installed also automaticly.
Ubuntu also has support for GMA 500; but you have to do some command like tinkering to get it. There are several posts that outline the procedure and it is really not that difficult; but it does take a bit of effort and if you don't like the command line; its best avoided.
I have heard Jolicloud also has automatic install support for GMA500; but I have not tried it so I cannot comment on how well it works.
If you can live with 800X576/600 screen resolution then Fedora runs great on the 1010. Also all of these distros can be run from a USB flash drive or a SD/HC card so you don't have to risk installing them to your hard drive. I suggest this install method until you find one that does what you want. And if you don't you haven't touched your hard drive so Windows is safe. Just my opinion; fdalbor