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FreeBSD is closer to true Unix than Slackware would be. And the FreeBSD users I know are quick to point this out.
IMHO...FreeBSD doesn't make that good of a desktop, but it makes a great server. Slackware makes a great desktop, and a good server, but security wise, I still trust FreeBSD to handle the server stuff for me.