||11-05-2012 04:03 PM
I used SuSE/openSUSE since 2000. I used Mandrake for 6 months before that, then one day 6 or 7 months ago I simply wanted to try something different. I started out with a dual-boot and within a couple of weeks I overwrote the whole hdd and have been using Slackware exclusively, ever since.
Once you get past the small learning curve for the package tool and building packages (which is quite a bit simpler than any rpm based system, I can say that!), it's the most stable, easiest to use system I've used, and like an earlier poster said, if an program isn't on slackbuilds.org, build it yourself. I'm no programmer, zero training or schooling in it, but most times I can get by by looking at other programs and doing similar things with the one I want to make a build for and if I can't, I ask for a little help on here or the slackware mailing list and in no time I've got a slackbuild of the app I'm wanting.
Like others have said, it's steady, stable, easy to use, doesn't change in major ways every version like most of the 'big name' distro's, and it *does* teach you about Linux much more than most of those other distro's too.