OK, here is an isue with the 64-bit version of Slackware 14.1 ... in all previous 32 bit installations I have come to rely on the Slackupdate shell script from http://darklinux.net
what this does is compared your installed packages /var/log/packages with the versions that are up on mirror sites and it downloads updated packages to /tmp/slackupdate/ so that [root] may install them. This does not work in the 64-bit version of Slackware 14.1 but does continue to work in the 32-bit version.
How do I work to insure that I have the latest versions of packages? Debian users have something called apt-get which I don't know much about but in reading about this it looks like it is used to install packages that you do not have in your installation, that's not what I am looking for. Any ideas?