I'm a mint user. I love cheap mini.iso but I am disappointed because a cabled internet connection is needed. I use a netbook with an internet key so it's not possible use mini.iso for me?
I connect to the Internet with wvdial. It's very flexible and powerful, it occupies small space on disk, it can work on a shell so it gives informations if something goes wrong while Network Manager doesn't tell you nothing, and you can use it in a text session if you experience trouble with X. It has happened to me that Network Manager, for a unknown reason, didn't appear on system tray so I had to place my trust in standalone scripts like sakis3g to start a first connection. If wvdial was in the distro, all you need should be only the correct wvdial.conf file, but every wvdial user has its one, so it could be asked during the installation to the user, otherwise it could be possible install mini.iso on disk, copy the correct wvdial.conf file in /etc and access to the Internet as you use to do.
So, I can't understand why wvdial it's not included inside the mini.iso and in the other distros .