Originally posted by kafei
OK, thats all I need to know, thanks everyone!
Well until you install it anyway. Actually Slackware is one of my favorite Distro's and in fact what I am using right now. I just don't normally recommend it to
's. There are a few places in the installation and configureation procedures where you are left without a clear direction about what to do next so please don't despair when it happens. There is a document called "The Slackware Book" and a Slackware FAQ that you probably need to read, and of course feel free to ask questions on this forum.
Slackware vs Mandrake (and others) is like an manual-transmission car vs a automatic-transmission one. One has much simpler structure but requires a little more skill to learn how to use (Yes, I own manual transmission cars too).
I would still recommend checking out Knoppix to get a good overview of the software apps available for Linux (that "Mepis" suggested earlier is actually a Knoppix variant but with some stuff removed but has a better hard drive install procedure). Slackware doesn't come with as much fun stuff as many full sized distros because most people use it for server applications instead of desktop use (I've used it for desktop use for several years however), so sometimes you will want to hunt down and install a non-native applications to Slackware, which is a challenge, but not as hard as doing the same thing with most other distros.