dstiles - 7:15 pm on Sep 26, 2013 (gmt 0)
I use kate for editing ASP as well as looking at log and similar files when I need to modify them with regex or do some serious searching (gedit's search is very primitive). I run gedit on conf type stuff (quite a bit at the moment, trying to get postfix/dovecot running). I've never tried editing direct from remote servers - probably a bit awkward as my web server is windows and in any case I view logs on that server through RDP. :(
I tried bluefish a few years back on ubuntu (hardy, as I recall) and found it kept crashing. probably fixed by now but old habits... :)
Geany I tried when smb4k played up recently. I was able to read from windows machines within the local network fairly easily, as I recall, without using smb4k. I have now found out how to do that with kate using gvs; possibly through mnt as well but permission problems crop up sometimes.
Building a "light-weight" linux, as mentioned in the OP: I would warn against KDE unless it's absolutely neccessary. There is a lot of (apparent?) bloat which MAY slow things down (eg kalarm on older ubuntu machines was stand-alone: now it integrates with a complete (unwanted) PIM service which is "compulsory"). If you can keep to a Mate / Gnome combination it should be lighter. Also remove bluetooth unless actually needed. The tasks do not take up a lot of CPU time/space but they are running unnecessarily.
In fact, there is a tendency in Mint as in other OS's to add things that the designers think are cute/useful but which are not required by a large number of users (bluetooth being an example). Fairly easy to remove if you know what's going on and are confident/competent but a nuisance and it takes a while to find out such things. This isn't a particular complaint against Mint or any other linux: it's the same in all computerised machines from desktops to mobiles.
The above being my own worldly opinion, of course. :)