My 2 cents worth is that Slackware is great. I like Debian, too but as far as ease of optimizing, making custom packages from source, stability, performance, etc. I like Slackware the best. It is also much easier to install than Debian, I think.Originally Posted by KenHan
I'm running KDE-3.04 and it works fine with the NVidia drivers, as does Gnome and a whole bunch of other multimedia apps I use - Mplayer, Xine, etc.
I've got 5 computers running Slackware and two running Debian and although I love Debian's "apt-get update" and it's stability, I like to play with a lot of "bleeding-edge" stuff and Slackware works with everything I throw at it. Slack is also, IMHO, more standard and standards-based... more BSD-like and Unix like than the other distros.
This means it is much easier to port software to it. Slackware even runs rpm if that's what you like, and comes with rpm to tgz conversion tools. I much prefer slackware's .tgz packages that can be easily worked with on any *nix computer that has tar on it.
Although Slackware's package system (pkgtools) doesn't really support dependency checking, I've never really had a problem there. the ldd command will tell you what libraries an executable depends on, on the off chance that you have a dependency problem.
I'm running Slackware 9 beta 1 on several machines and it is even better and faster than Slackware 8.1. It's based on GCC 3.2.
The Slackware 9 beta 1 has KDE-3.1rc2 in the "extras" directory but I haven't tried it yet.
Anyway, hope this helps. I really think once you've tried slack you won't go back!