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That needs a correction ... after you install Slackware, first create a normal user account, then exit root and login as that user. Then you should issue "xwmconfig" and choose your window manager or desktop environment, then as the normal user issue "startx" to start the X server.
Couldn't find it in the Slackware Book. However, the Slackware CD1 has a file called (get this) Slackware-HOWTO that does explain it. When all else fails, read the directions. I just _assume_ everybody reads that file before they try to install and run Slackware. Let me quote it, for the record:
6.4 User Accounts
You should make a user account for yourself. Using "root" as your
everyday account is dangerous, and is considered bad form (at the very
least) since you can accidently damage your system if you mistype a
command. If you're logged in as a normal user, the effects of bad
commands will be much more limited. Normally you'll only log in as root
to perform system administration tasks, such as setting or changing the
root password, installing, configuring, or removing system software, and
creating or deleting user accounts.
To make an account for yourself, use the 'adduser' program. To start it,
type 'adduser' at a prompt and follow the instructions. Going with the
default selections for user ID, group ID, and shell should be just fine
for most users.
Micro$loth is responsible for creating an entire generation of computer users who don't think it's necessary to read the instructions; by marketing computers that need nothing more than a push of the power button and a click of the mouse...