I can't help help it - with this little netbook, and the SSD, I try the latest Fedora, Ubuntu, Elementary OS, Linux Mint. I keep coming back to OpenSUSE Gnome, which is my daily driver at work.
OpenSUSE 13.1 install took less that 15 minutes on a netbook, with a USB stick and an SSD.
USB Installation: http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Live_USB_stick
Gnome ExtensionsMessaging Menu
Dash to dock
Install Sonar Theme
Gnome3 Adwaita title bars are way two thick. Sonar puts a smaller/darker title bar.
Install Chromium and Midori
Midori does an adequate impression of Safari/iPhone rendering.
Install Geany and plugins
Great all-purpose code editor with symbol browser
Don't forget the power of GEdit and external tools
NautilusCtrl-D to create your first bookmark, after that you can d-n-d.
Change the Nautilus location bar to show location instead of buttons:
> gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences always-use-location-entry true
Add back new document menu: touch /Templates/text.txt
Note: Screenshot behavior has changed. It downloads immediately instead of opening or putting into clipboard, but has a lot of options. SEE http://www.whitemiceconsulting.com/2012/11/screen-capture-in-gnome3.htmlfor more details.
I was going to make a separate post about setting up my webdev environment, but openSUSE patterns make it too easy.
Install Pattern - Web and Lamp ServerTakes care of installing common php/mysql stuff, more.
Go to yast/http server to configure/start
It seems like it used to setup sftp/ssh for me, but struggling this time. I'm just using ftp.
Composer - https://getcomposer.org/doc/00-intro.md
curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | php mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer