Thanks for all the replies!
Not exactly sure how I missed that biochem.uthsca.edu mirror--I must have checked every mirror EXCEPT that one!!
Now for my last question before I dive into the slack:
Do I have to know a lot about Linux to get slackware running?
I have managed to get every other distro I've tried running pretty much the way I like it--basic customization, etc. But the other distros I've tried (RedHat, SuSE, and Mandrake) are all fairly simple. I'm not that comfortable with command line setup (yeah, I know read the man files) and I often find myself in over my head. (When I first started, I was flying completely blind--reinstalling every couple days because I'd screw something up so bad... sue me, I love to tinker!) I'm quite a bit more comfortable now.
The one thing that really scares me though, is compiling source. I just haven't had to use command line compilers in the past. Will I have to do alot of that in Slack? And for the kernel.
Will I have to tweak it for my specific machine? I'm clueless how to do ANYTHING when it comes to tweaking the kernel and recompiling.
I guess if it is alot worse, I'll just be back to reinstalling every couple days like when I first started using Linux, but if you guys have any good pointers before I start, I'd love to hear them.