This year, I have been trying to move completely away from Microsoft and into Linux. I have been experimenting with various flavors of Ubuntu, including Unity, GNOME Classic, Mint, Peppermint, xfce, lxde, and Bodhi. For most of my needs, lxde and Bodhi work very well.
The last area to rid myself of Microsoft is in my audio server (old desktop PC), which I still run on XP. I use Remmina to remote into the XP machine, to do all my ripping, encoding, tagginng, mp3gaining, library creation, and playing. After dabbling in various Linux tools to do all these tasks, I think I am ready to set up a Linux box (another old desktop PC) to replace the XP box.
I realize that I still have a lot to learn about Linux audio, including PulseAudio, GStreamer, ASLA, and on and on. But I want to set something up to start experimenting with all this. I'm trying to decide which flavor of Ubuntu to use in my first attempt.
Can more-experienced music enthusiasts suggest whether lxde, Bodhi, Peppermint, or whatever would offer advantages in setting up a machine for preparing and playing music? I'm not knowledgeable enough yet to know if, for example, the e17 environment creates advantages or disadvantages in setting up a box for music. Perhaps it doesn't matter at all, which would be just fine. I thought I'd ask, before investing a lot of time.
I'm not looking for a distro that already contains lots of audio apps. I will hand pick the apps myself, and install them. I am more concerned with the desktop environment itself, and how well it lends itself to manipulating Linux audio.