selection of correct operating system


I’ve a requirement of following things to be done using my beaglebone black rev.C running Kernel 4.9

  1. Should have Linux environment
  2. Ethernet, RS232, I2C connectivity
  3. GPIO Interface
  4. LCD Interface
  5. Fast booting
    Kindly suggest me a best suitable OS image for above mentioned applications.

I had a bad experience of incompatibility issues when several libraries changed when Kernel version changed from 3.9 to 4.9, where I had to change my software to make it work in new Kernel version 4.9. Can we avoid such problems in the case of beaglebone?