Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Well Slackware 13 was released a few weeks back and I had a chance to install it on my laptop. I ran Slackware as my main Linux distro for about 2 years. It’s reputation as being stable and solid are well earned. If you run Slackware for any significant amount of time you will learn the intricacies of how Linux works. The packages that come by default in the latest version of Slackware are pretty up to date and an official 64 bit distribution is now available. I opted for the 64 bit version and was off to the races. The Slackware installer is ncurses based and is pretty straightforward. The only part a noobie might have trouble with is using fdisk to manually partition their hard drive before installing the OS on it. Once you have partitions setup just go with the default package set for a desktop install and you should be golden. The install is pretty quick (as most Linux installers are these days). I’m not going to get too detailed so I’ll list what I liked and didn’t like.
I liked the following:
* This thing screams. KDE on 64 bit Slackware is sooo fast
* A very nice selection of default applications
* Everything seems very stable. This is Slack, what do you expect?