FYI, four other Slackware-based distros of note which actually have completely separate LQ forums are, in forum-listed order,
3) Amigo [Linux]
4) Buffalo [Linux]
From these LQ forums and from these distro's websites :
- Amigo seems the most minimalist in its specific design for low memory (e.g., 16MB) and low hd space (e.g., 200MB) Based upon this, Amigo could be a good choice for actual x486 systems
compared to the full Slackware distro.
- OTOH, maybe VectorLinux would be just as appropriate for older x486 systems. As the Distrowatch VectorLinux review writes
"the small size and memory requirements of the operating system can be deployed on older machines maybe long forgotten."
- Buffalo may be more high-end compared to the previous two Slackware-based distros, in that its enhancements over VectorLinux are described as being targeted at the small business workstation market . It therefore would seem to be the better Slackware-based distro choice at small business x686 machines with extra memory and hard disk space requirements.
(Not certain about CollegeLinux myself; check out its forum or website for further info)