Originally Posted by kc3
No I actually do mean Slackbuilds and honestly I can't even remember lol, I used their packages a while back and a couple of'm I used wouldn't work, but as I mentioned, compiling from source worked just fine so I'm not worried about it
SlackBuilds.org doesn't provide precompiled packages, only SlackBuild scripts (hence the name...), so there must be some confusion here.
When I first started using Slack, I installed the odd precompiled package from linuxpackages.net and the slacky.eu repository. Then I used to roll my own and install them using checkinstall. After that it was the turn of src2pkg, but since SlackBuilds.org has kicked off, I've used SlackBuild scripts exclusively ever since, be they ones from SlackBuilds.org, Alien's repository, Robby's repository, slacky.eu's repository or some random site on the net with a SlackBuild. When the latter is the case, I tend to hack out all the bits I'm not comfortable with (the odd fakeroot, for instance) and use that.
Otherwise, I write my own and submit them to SlackBuilds.org, and reference other scripts when I've taken my queue from them.
But precompiled packages were definitely useful to me at first - things might have turned out differently if they'd not been around, and I might still be a Fedora user. It's a funny old world.