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In short, I found slackpkg very useful during my upgrade, particularly for generating a list of non-slackware software installed on my system. It is very safe to use as long as you use the tool properly. As was previously said, read UPGRADE.TXT and CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT to guide you. My HowTo shows an example of this.
I had problems building nvidia drivers when I was using the huge kernel, too. It's because the nvidia drivers are building the kernel module using kernel sources and the default source package is for SMP kernel. Maybe that is the problem you are facing, but as Bruce Hill said, be more specific...
To answer your intial question, here's the latest entry in the Current change log:
Wed May 14 17:22:14 CDT 2008
Upgraded to slackpkg 2.70.4-noarch-1. This fixes a bug where the "x86"
ARCH was not recognized in a package name, leading to the kernel-headers
package not getting properly upgraded. Thanks to Piter Punk! -