[Posted and mailed]
> I am a C programmer looking for a stable and proven Linux distribution
> that will meet my needs. It needs to have gcc & etc., web server, news
> server, email server, ftp server, web browser, networking utitlities, X
> window system, Perl, PPP, multi-user, multi-tty, boot-loader that will
> let me choose to boot in Win95 or Linux, and it doesn't have to be very
Oddly enough, your requirements don't really narrow down the field very
much, unless that last one is interpreted as being "it should not be
user-friendly." All Linux distributions either come with these tools or
allow you to install them very easily.
Quote:> Any recommendations? I'm leaning towards Slackware 7.0 right now, but I
> want to be sure it will not be like the RedHat 5.0 distribution that I
> bought a few years ago (it had so many problems, I found it to be a
> waste of money and completely useless).
Without knowing what problems you had with RH 5.0, I can't offer any
advice or know whether any specific modern distribution today is better
in these respects.
You may want to check my web site on Linux distributions:
Quote:> Also, can anyone point me to a good, comlete list of drivers for any
> Linux distribution?
With *VERY* rare exceptions, drivers are no distribution-dependant.
Linux drivers are built into the kernel, or are available as kernel
modules. You can compile any kernel for any distribution. (Well, within
reason; particularly old kernels might not work well with new
distributions, for instance.) The kernel configuration utilities are
therefore the single most complete driver list, but there are outside
drivers. Probably the biggest such sources are the ALSA
(http://www.alsa-project.org/) and shareware OSS
(http://www.4front-tech.com/) sound drivers. There are probably other
links available at http://www.linux.org/ and other sites.
Author of books on Linux networking & multi-OS configuration