I used to run Ubuntu 10.04 Gnome on my Netbook. It ran well after a fix for wifi and sound.
I have 12.04 Unity on my MSI laptop and really like it.
With 10.04 no longer supported I have installed 12.04 Unity and everything works out of the box ... but it is slow and sometimes hangs.
What distro does the team suggest for my Netbook please?