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I have a lot of experience with Gentoo but I need something super-small I can run entirely from within a ramdisk on the 256MB Beaglebone. Can anyone recommend a super-small distro with good ARM support? I'm trying Tiny Core now but ARM support is new and I have yet to make it work 100%.
It would be difficult to get better than a home-rolled Debian based set. It depends upon your limits and criteria beyond what you have posted.
I fully expect Tiny-Core to become the best Live-Mini option in this space, but it may take some time. While waiting, there is significant ARM support in several distributions. Debian is the best that I use, but I only use a small subset of what is available.