building a linux development worksation/desktop
Good day !
I'm not trying to ask stupid questions or get into some sort of flame .
I need a box that will be used mostly for development (C/C++, Perl, Python, PHP, ASM) and I am having a bit of difficulty chosing the best combination of a Linux Distribution and a Window manager . The thing is .. I know that you're supposed to swap through distributions and see wich one fits your needs best but the truth is , getting a linux distribution isn't such an easy task for me . So I would like to be helped out with some names instead of downloading all distros out there ..
Now, the box woun't be used exclusively for development .. Web Browsing, IRCing/Instant Messaging, Email, music etc. will be used aswell .
I am simply wandering .. is there a cirtain distro (or more) that is known to be prefered by software developers (in the languages mentioned above) [same thing for a window manager] ... and why ?
Also, how are: Gentoo, Fedora Core, BlackBox, Gnome from this point of view ? (I know that the first 2 are distros, the last 2 are WM)
I hope some of you will find it in your hearts to take the time to help me .. if you don't want to give a detailed answer, your personal case if you are a software developer will help greatly (i.e.: "I don't know about others but I use Debian Sid + OpenBox")
Thank You !