That's a great comparison and it also has a part 2
Thanks for the link!
For my modest netbook (Dell mini10) I will soon try Crunchbang Linux or a custom Debian setup. I already played with Debian in a virtual machine with a 2GB HDD just to see how much can I squeeze in that space. Of course there's not much you can do in 2 GB without heavily trimming this and that, but my goal was to stay 100% compatible with Debian and yet, have a workable desktop with as little resources as possible. I got my inspiration from Crunchbang (openbox + tint2) and I must say I loved it.
Considering a lightweight Mint edition shouldn't have too much software in it, a similar solution might be relatively easy to build and release. I hope the Mint developers will have a look at Crunchbang, because it's a surprisingly beautiful and resource efficient distro, and since we lost the Fluxbox edition I really miss a lightweight Minty release.