At a time when new and buggy features cloud basic computer functions, it's refreshing to see a new release of a distro like Slackware that stays true to its core philosophy. Slackware has an unfair reputation of being a distro only for experienced users. Granted it doesn't sport many graphical configuration tools, but it balances that with stability and speed.
Slackware installation has the reputation of being difficult, but I've never agreed with that premise. While it is true that your hard disk must be partitioned before you start the installation program, the remaining process is just as quick and easy as any found in any other distro.
Slackware ships with a complete but stock KDE 3.5.10. Though it may be a bit bland, it is quite easy to customize. I have always wished Slackware would bend its guideline of "providing packages just the way the developer intended" just a tad for appearances' sake and provide a nice Slackware background. But you can always find nice themes and wallpapers at KDE-look.org, where Slackware continues to be a favorite of hobbyists and artists.
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