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All packages are re-compiled for 64 bit processors
It's close to Slackware, but not quite Slackware
Slamd64 10.1 RC2 is based on Slackware 10.1. The packaging system is identical, and most packages in Slackware exist in Slamd64. The big exception is Gnome. Slackware eliminated Gnome just after the 10.1 release, and Slamd64 has followed that move, so there will be no Gnome in Slamd64. So far, I do not know if any of the Gnome addons built by third parties for Slackware will work on Slamd64.
Slamd64 does include 32 bit libraries for running 32 bit applications. OpenOffice and Firefox work perfectly. I haven't had much luck with Slackware packages working on Slamd64. Because of the differences in library structure (64 and 32 bit libraries present) packages built for Slackware probably will not work. Some packages compiled for Slamd64 exist on linuxpackages.net.
I run Slamd64 as the primary system on my Laptop (Athlon64 3000+). It is by far the fastest system I've ever used. It puts WindowsXP on the same computer to shame and runs circles around my desktop computer. My desktop is AthlonXP 2000+ running Slackware 10.1, but the speed difference is much greater than the relative speeds of the processors can account for.
The main benefit of Slamd64 is speed. I've had no problems with stability and I've managed to make everything work just as well as it does on Slackware 10.1. However, since Slamd64 is a new release, it's not really for critical systerms. It is not as heavily used or tested as Slackware 10.1 is.
Considering the significant speed increase and Slamd64's adherence to Slackware's elegant simplicity would get this release a 10, but the minor issues of incompatibility with Slackware packages earn it just a 9. Once Slamd64 is released, I think more packages will appear made for it specifically and the user base will grow.