Arch on USB stick
Another distro I like to use is ArchLinux. It is a rolling release distro that used to have very good package checking. That dropped off for a while and so I did not keep up with it. I wanted to try it again so downloaded the most recent snap shot ISO to try to install it onto a USB stick.
The installation with Arch is text (ncurses based) menus that move you through the process. It is a funtional menu system and easy to follow. I selected to install it onto my USB stick, formatted with vfat. I edited the mkinitcpio.conf and recompiled it. I changed the menu.lst file to boot using the UUID of my USB stick. Selected to install just the base packages. It all worked fine. It booted and now I have a funtional linux distro on my little thumb drive. I can take it anywhere and boot into it.
I have yet to install X and a windows manager. I have not gone that far yet but will probably later than sooner. I am leaning towards putting LXDE on it. Time will tell.