With one or two exceptions it doesn't work that way. Most distros are generic. Or can be MADE to suit YOUR purpose. This was recently published, although I don't really agree with it: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/specific-purpose-pc-use-linux-os/Is there a good way to find out what all the different distributions are made for
When I was at college, a long time ago now, we studied the sociology of knowledge. By the time a book is written, published, printed and distributed much of it is already out of date.like a book or something?
That is not untrue ... did you have a particular field in mind?I was under the impression that the different distros were designed for different purposes or geared towards different fields.
Without knowing which languages you are interested in programming in, I can't really make any solid recommendations. But there are lots of programming IDE's available for many programming languages in Gnu/Linux:So far I have played around in openSUSE, CentOS, and Slackel. Do you have recommendations for good programming programs that will run on openSUSE or CentOS. I am not much for Slackel.