I know this is probably very controversial but I spent 2 weeks googling, downloading, installing and erasing various distros and still have no clear answer.
An old Asus EeeBox PC EB1012P Intel® Atom™ D510 Dual Core 1.66Hz, 2GB DDR2 800MHz.
I'm migrating from Windows to become a proud Linux user. I mainly use my machine for web browsing (using Chrome and Firefox), graphic design (InkScape), programming (using Atom) and my toolchain mainly contains Node.js, ssh and git. I watch some YouTube and egghead.io videos.
What is a good distro (or the best way to configure a distro) to have a fast and smooth experience? Currently I use Ubuntu which is sluggish on my Arom D510 CPU with 2GB RAM. Xubuntu was better but then, every distro comes with a lot of shit (like Office programs) that I'm never gonna use and I'm wondering this might be the tip of the iceburn and there might be much more that I don't see.
Are there distros or guides for customizing distros that focus on front-end/node.js web development?
I guess this is a sensitive question to ask from Linux users. I don't want to start a distro-war! Just give me some hints where to begin my research