This probably won't help anyone, but you never know.
When I started college in 2002, I bought myself a copy of Linux Format, and many since, with Slackware 8.1 on the bundled CD. I Googled around to find out why Slackware might be better than another distro, having used RedHat in college. The answer I found, and justify the use of Slackware with, was that because everything wasn't GUI managed you were forced to really learn Linux. I found this to be true.
The first couple times I tried upgrading, I ended up botching the system and having to install from scratch. Good thing this is what I expected to do and backed up all my important files to DVD first. Then came along 10.0. I upgraded to this from 9.1 and didn't have any problems. It went fairly smoothly. I found a few issues here and there and found solutions to them on forums and various place. When 10.1 came along I had some issues because of my previous upgrade and I resolved those. When 11 came long, I said screw it, my hard drive is full. I'll just back everything up and start from scratch.
Slackware 13.0, I don't know if it's a problem with X.0 releases with Slackware but I always have to fight with the system. Sometimes I don't have time to fight with my computer and need it to just friggin work! So, I have tried a few OSs. I got around most of my issues in the long run but now that 13.1 is out I have decided, this is enough Slackware as my main PC. I have 5 computers...don't ask.
So then I downloaded the torrent for Ubuntu Studio. I use my computer mainly for Web Development and more recently that has taken me into the direction of multimedia editing. The few things I didn't like about Slackware were the PLETHORA of packages I never used and my laziness to go through and select every package I wanted, I felt like I was buying a Dell...with all the extra bloatware. Another thing I didn't like about Slackware was the fighting to get everything installed. I got it all installed, but, it just takes way too long.
I recently lost a hard drive, thank god for backups, and had to reinstall. So I tried out Ubuntu Studio first. It was very nice. I liked how clean it was compared to Slackware. I also like the idea of GUI configuration, now that I've gotten used to it in Windows XP and Server 2008 at work. So I kept going back and forth between the two and now I've made up my mind. Slackware will remain at me roots, and I will install it on my servers. For my main desktop, however, I am switching to Ubuntu Studio. I never liked Ubuntu because it was very non-Slackware, but I've gotten used to it over the past few weeks.
I've always wanted to get into Linux development, either a distro or the kernel itself but I am very much inexperienced, maybe someday. I felt the need to give back to the community since I can't really afford to buy much, which is what turned me onto Linux in the first place. When that day comes, I may look back at my roots and see where Slackware is. Until then, I am going to be investing time in setting up my Ubuntu Studio system. I haven't tried installing my development tools yet, Eclipse and plugins mostly, but I'm sure they will work.
I know one thing I'm not going to like about Ubuntu is not having the source for everything installed off the bat, for when I need to compile some arbitrary software against some header source. You know it will happen...
Anyway, so I was reminded how much I hate fighting with Slackware today when I tried to burn the ISO to a DVD. There is an issue, which is why they added the kde-compat folder in the extras. I threw in my Slackware 13.0 disc and the packages were corrupt. So I went to slackware.com to try and get them and all the Canadian mirrors aren't working, so I gave up, then I remembered Canada isn't the only country with mirrors
I downloaded the packages, installed them and burnt my disc. Slackware: 17 Me: 493
And that's why cows AREN'T blue.
P.S. I haven't decided if I want to dual boot. There shouldn't be a need for it, I have multiple systems.
P.S.S. This probably should have gone in another thread but...it started out as a question...I do that a lot. Write a question, get an idea, fix something, and post something else.