suggestions regarding installing new software in slackware.
I'm total LQ newbie. I installed slackware in VM and it worked quite fine no problem in installation at all. KDE works really good , better than any other distro i've used (it used to crash b'coz by default 3D effects were enabled once i disabled it , it worked fine). so far most of the things come preloaded in Slackware(like a fortran compiler,emacs,clisp etc),but i need to install more software like Linuxdcpp,numpy etc, How should i go about slackbuilds or old fashioned .tgz and compile by myself?. I don't know how slackbuilds work, what is good option for me ... i'm not afraid of doing it by myself as far as i've seen it is all too easy and if "all goes south" i can ask help here right?
I've got used dependency resolution offered by yum (as i use Fedora and Scientific Linux)i'm afraid of breaking some installations or introducing package conflicts , can this be avoided any documenation regarding this?
The reason i ask all this ,i want to install slackware on a new machine (desktop) i'm gonna purhase.. right now i have as mentioned above Scientific Linux and fedora installed on my HP laptop, works fine(both of them)and heard a good word of mouth about(stability and support) Slackware and read a few posts on this forum urged me to try it out. I decided not disturb current installations and install slack in new system.
-----this is my opinion---------------
Lastly, I really like the simple approach slackware takes for installation and is very well documented in the form of
"Revised Slackbook"(just read only 4 chapters,but was quite helpful networking is still difficult to grok though) , the reason i gave it a try was i wanted to widen my horizons beyond Fedora and derivative distributions and i found that it is a distro which is totally neutral,has lot of multimedia packages default and "easy" (can't imagine why all this fear , rumours you can't get it work for the first time .. i got worked and yeah i don't consider myself an intermediate user!!)
I apologize for length of this post , i couldn't help sharing my thoughts and experience using slack, hope you all can suggest which adress my needs.