Originally Posted by Landrew1
I wanted the oldest version of Slackware I could find which could yet support flash drives, because I reasoned that the older the version the more manual it would be to learn and use, and thus the more I would learn about how to use the terminal commands. I had observed that the most recent versions of Ubuntu were just about like using windows and probably don't really require one to have a command of how Linux really works.
Regarding the above statement(s), you must not make the parallel between "newness" and "new Slackware versions being like Ubuntu because they're new".
A new Slackware release is just as "manual" as you could want, and still likes to have lots of manual configuration done to it. It also lacks much of the "automated Ubuntu-esque" GUI tools that do everything for you. Granted, there *are* some GUI tools for doing some things (mainly as part of the KDE desktop), but the terminal can do everything you want to do, play with and learn.
Slack has a "keep it simple" philosophy, and likes hands-on users
while Ubuntu is a different idea, and makes things as easy, automated, and accessible as possible for non-geek people who would like to use Linux, but without the shock value.