Re: What flavor are you using?
Too bloated? Compared to what exactly? And how much more control do you get in any other distro? The console works!
If you are referring to dev tools then you shouldn't have a problem compiling them yourself.
Also the very popular mini-me version for 2008 will be released very soon. It's in test release now at a whopping 296mb iso.
There are also so many community remasters to list. Even one for the Asus EEPC.