Have you tried Arch Linux? If not, take a look at it. It has probably the BEST Wiki anywhere: http://www.archlinux.org/
Installation is a little bit difficult, but, since the Wiki is so great, there is a great installation guide here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...allation_Guide
If you decide to give it a try, the hardest part about the installation is getting a GUI - however, it is actually really easy if you follow the steps in the Xorg section at https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xorg
(the drivers for your video card would be xf86-video-intel which is installed like this:
pacman -S xf86-video-intel
Then, to install Gnome, you would simply do this:
It will give you a list of gnome components to install. Just press enter to accept them all.
After gnome is installed, copy all of the files from /etc/skel to your home directory. After that, add the following line to ~/.xinitrc (as your user):
exec ck-launch-session dbus-launch gnome-session
If you don't like Gnome Shell, do this:
Click on your name at the top-right in the gnome-panel and go to System Settings. Scroll to the bottom to System Info, Click on Graphics, and set Forced Fallback Mode to On.
If you do this, you will be amazed at how fast and lightweight your computer can be!
To upgrade Arch, run this:
to remove a program, do this:
pacman -Rd program_name
or to remove the program and its dependencies:
pacman -Rs program_name
Let us all know how you like it!