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I use Slackware 9.0 because it is simple and is the "most UNIX-like" of all distributions. It isn't fancy or specially configured to great extents as the more commercial distro's are, it is just plain Linux and it just plain works.
You can understand the mood of Slackware through the fact that it boots into a text mode command prompt instead of a GUI login. It boots fast, too. Slackware is the ultimate command line experience, but it also comes with KDE, Gnome, and other window managers, which are, again, not reconfigured with Slackware logos all over them, but left as they should be, the way the developers released them. KDE and Gnome are just plain KDE and Gnome, there had been no customization, except that which enables them to run well with the rest of the Slackware system.
Another benefit is the fact that Slackware provides no distro-specific configuration file editors--you have to go edit them yourself! This way, you have complete control and you become more knowledgeable about the system. Slackware affords you a big choices for customization, the installer will let you select groups of packages to install, and even select individual packages from groups, so you get the system you need with the minimal amount of bloat
It is easy to learn with Slackware, and you learn best by configuring configuration files yourself. There are a wide variety of packages on the CD, enough for almost any system. The .tgz packages for Slackware are simple, and they work smoothly for installing software. Slackware is also a great system for compiling source code into binaries for your system.
Slackware is a powerful and stable Linux distro, and it has given me a love for the command line. Choose it if you are serious about learning Linux.
I like it because I can easily carry it around in my laptop bag because the book is so small. It has small print, and it is 172 pages. It is helpful to remind me of the different commands which I cannot always remember. However, If I need to find more in-depth information about a particular command, this book lacks it. I bought this book so that I could use commands that I didn't know existed, and if I need to find out more about a certain command, I can easily find that information on the internet. It is a convenient quick reference, much easier and faster than the internet for finding out basic things like what certain arguments do on a command, and more portable than the more extensive Linux references.