Tried VSIDO [http://vsido.org/] yesterday, and it's pretty damn good! Based on Debian Sid, you can choose between OpenBox or Xfce. Installs in minutes - in my case, 13 minutes, 29 seconds. Very simple and straight-forward. Only drawback? 64-bit only, and I couldn't get my wifi chipset working on Toshiba, which is sort of an on-going issue with this machine. Nonetheless, a distro you really should check out...
One of Sector11's wallpapers posted on the VSIDO forum.
Oh, two points that I should mention;
Used unetbootin to write the image to a flash-drive. Not recommended, but it worked.
The install was a dual-boot with Windows8. No problems whatsoever.