I like the Raspberry Pi, RPi, with Raspbian Lite (no Desktop is included), headless operation, and then adding the software You need. Until now I haven't had a use case where I needed a Desktop but now was time.
You maybe wonder, why don't use the Raspbian with Desktop ?? In that package there is a lot of software I don't need and I really want to optimize the RPi. I think that the less software You install the happier RPi will be. ;-)
So after some Googling inspired from this guide I came up with the following setup.