A couple of things I want to point out:
1 The original poster has never come back.
2. This part of the message boards is dedicated to SLACKWARE!! The original poster asked a question about slackware, he should get answers about slackware.
3. Some software you cannot get a package or cannot get satisfactory results with a prebuilt package. Qmail is a fine example. EVERYONE should know how to build software on thier distro of choice. What is the point of open source if you cant even use it in the most rudimentary way?-- building software from source.
4. Slackware has one of the best package management systems in linux. In terms of clean package installs, fewest dependancies, fewest problems. There are also has a couple of nice front ends that will resolve dependancies and download/install software. Swaret and slapt-get come to mind-- though there are others.
5 Slackware is ideal for the newbe that wants to learn linux. If someone gets used to using slackware, they will be able to use any other distro with confidence. Old school, friendly community is also a plus.
3 goats gruff......