It is important to note that the following information is based on my trying various of the publicly available Linux distributions on my new HP 2133 netbook
SimplyMEPIS 8.0 RC2: The LiveCD booted just fine, the install was absolutely routine, the same as it was on my other two laptops, and it works really well. I can't even begin to put into words how pleased and impressed I am. This was the last of the distributions that I tried, and it worked by far the best. The VIA CPU, Chrome9 display adapter, Broadcom Gigabit wired network and Broadcom 802.11 a/b/g wireless network were all recognized and work just fine. WOW! The only thing that I have seen so far that isn't working properly is the sound, so I will be looking into that next.