Recommended distro for front end devlopment

I tried following the setup documents for the web front end but ran into issues with npm and bower.

Can anyone share their setup?

I was using a ubuntu 14.04 container on proxmox without much luck

Usually the latest Fedora release.

My guess is that Ubuntu 14.04 doesn’t contains the needed releases of the dependencies in the repos as this version is almost 30 months old.

I’m using Ubuntu 14.04. I recommend installing nvm. Otherwise no real problem.

My install notes for frontend:

curl | bash
nvm install 4.2.3
npm install -g bower

# from home-assistant-polymer root:
rm -r node_modules/

# from home-assistant root:

# Also, in Chrome dev tools go to application tab, service worker, bypass