I am about to start developing software for computer graphics primarily involving Virtual Reality software (using WebGL/OpenGL, Unity, etc.). Currently I'm unable to even run WebGL programs in any browser (including Chromium) in my Virtual Box Ubuntu 14.04 VM even after having installed Ubuntu Restricted Extras. In addition to this, more immediately, I'm going to need to install a node.js server for some graphics work that I'll be doing soon, which I would think would be better to do in a Unix-system.
I'm planning on dual booting another Linux distribution (as I still need to use certain Windows specific apps) and I'm currently considering Linux Mint as the Desktop Environment looks sleek and also due to the fact, from what I understand, that it has lower hardware requirements than Ubuntu off of which it is built. My laptop is a Lenovo with 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 24 SSD, 2.40 GHz processor and a baseline integrated graphics chip.
Given the requirements needed for graphics programming, which distribution would be best suited if I were to dual boot?