This is a really good article on why a lighter and more modern distro is good for tech work and for VMs. I would also note that Red Hat Enterprise Linux is also going the “less is more” route, with a base distro that just barely uses the CPU.
“For more than a decade, Ubuntu was my Linux distribution of choice. But, for the first time in a long while, I distro-hopped. I now run Manjaro and couldn’t be happier. It’s just that good!
— Read on www.howtogeek.com/430556/why-i-switched-from-ubuntu-to-manjaro-linux/“