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I've been using Slackware for several years, but haven't really encountered (or put much thought into) a definite answer on Slackware's amount of "freedom" as defined by the FSF and the Stallmanites. Does Slackware knowingly include much non-free software, or is it mostly all in the kernels that ship with it by default?
As far as I am aware, Slackware has no official stance on this subject. Slackware basically just goes with whatever works, and doesn't get too tangled up in the philosophical ideals that some other distributions wrestle with.
That said, Slack also has an extremely small set of packages when compared to most mainstream distributions, so by just the law of averages it is less like for Slack to wind up in those sorts of situations.
Debian is definitely the closest of the major distributions to being included on the list, but from what I've read the GNU project's main gripe with it is that its guidelines are too vague (I find them pretty succinct) and its extremely minimal inclusion of proprietary code. That being said, I think Slackware would be easier to make a free spin-off of than most other distributions. The kernel source is its main problem but, using the libre kernel, and with a handpicked set of packages, there wouldn't be much standing in its way. But the effort.. :P