A linux installation without perl and python...that's darn near blasphemy!
That is true. However I don't do very much programming aside from the odd shell script or two. I haven't tried gentoo or debian. I have used in the past:
RedHat <-- Good, works fine
SuSE <-- My personal fav. It's gotta be the chameleon!
Madrake <-- meh. works ok I guess
Backtrack 2 / Whax <-- great for pen-testing
Ubuntu <-- Works good. Not my style though. Not a fan of Gnome, haven't tried Kubuntu.
NetBSD <-- Not Linux, but it is fantabulous.
Here is what I basically need:
Networking (wifi and / or ethernet)
Serial (for Cisco)
KDE and / or fluxbox
That's about it. So very minimal. I do require all my hardware to work though. In 2007 Linux should support every device in my laptop. I understand there are issues with ACPI and I can work with that. However networking (wifi, ethernet and modem) should all work out of the box. It's an IBM machine with Intel hardware through and through. You can't get much more stock than that.
I do love Linux though. It's been a few months, but I am totally ready to come back into the fold.
I just booted up Fedora 6. It doesn't see my wifi out of the box. I could download, configure and install a driver. Why bother though, other distros will have it built in. Gonna wipe it.
/end thread de-railment