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Welcome to Slackware. The absolute first suggestion for you is to read the Slack Book. Do not install Slackware until you've taken the time to do that. Most, if not all, questions concerning installation and other things will be answered there.
Second, have fun, but don't stress out about it. You will need to have a good working knowledge of manual disk partitioning before that first Slackware disk is installed. Also, you will need to know about bootloaders (Slackware uses LILO by default) and you will need to familiarize yourself with the command line.
Unlike Ubuntu, Slackware does not immediately go to the GUI. You'll need to remember about "startx" after logging in. I do not recommend using the root account for daily activities.
Keep in mind that Slackware itself does not run as a Live CD - but there are derivatives based on Slackware that do. I found my particular fit by running Live CD's and installing different distros on separate partitions.
Any problems not answered by my above suggestions - post back.
Also be sure to check out the Slackware forum here on LQ, and especially the "Slackware - Installation" subforum therein. There is a very large Slack community here (and online) and I've yet to find a problem I couldn't eventually get answered in some fashion.
I started with Slackware and I'm glad I did. I still have two Slackware boxes, including my webserver, and the only reason I'm using Ubuntu on this computer that I'm typing on is that it came factory-installed.
Installing Slack really isn't difficult, unless you've never manually partitioned a drive before (and I had lots of experience with DOS fdisk).
But there's lots of help out there. Slackware users tend to be very loyal to their distro. They also expect you to do a little bit of homework before you ask a question, but I think that's not uncommon. "How do I do X?" is not the same as "How do I do X? I've tried this and that and got these error messages."
In addition to LQ, which has been a big help to me, the alt.os.linux.slackware newsgroup also has some very helpful persons in it. As with all newsgroups, it's useful to hang out there for a while and figure out who's who.
Google is a big help. It's surprising how easily you can narrow a search simply be adding "slackware" to the search term.