For years I compiled applications from source in a manner similar to H_TeXMeX_H's. Didn't even care much about packages from LinuxPackages.net. I needed and wanted to learn! But since I discovered SlackBuilds, all that is past.
Aside a few packages I have to compile/install from source I have no complaints whatsoever about SlackBuilds. On the contrary, I'm all compliments! It's fast, easy and very well documented. On the rare ocasion the SlackBuild script showed me a dependency, I quickly found it SlackBuilds.org. Congratulations to the SlackBuild team!
I keep my /home on another partition so if I mess up my system, all I have to do after a full install just a matter of copying some files here and there, creating users and #installpkg *.tgz on the folder I keep the packages SlackBuild generated and I'm good as new. I haven't done this yet, but will have to soon and I don't expect any unsolvable problem.
On a personal note and please don't misjudge me on this, whenever I say "I use Slackware!" to a fellow linuxer, I can't help feeling a LOT proud of myself and have to control myself not to crack laughing from their terror-striken faces... They always say the same thing: "Slackware's too difficult!" to which I politely agree and trot off with a big smile!
Last edited by gtludwig; 02-05-2009 at 08:34 AM.