"Slackware was first released in April of 1993 by Patrick
Volkerding with the intent of preserving the tradition of UNIX.
Over 8 years later, Slackware is sticking by the original purpose
of creating a stable, simple UNIX-like operating system which
maintains an optimal level of power and usability.
Even with most current OSes moving to a more automated method of
installation and maintenance, Slackware has always maintained its
simple, hands-on approach. This helps the user learn Linux commands
and configuration quickly, and learn them correctly.
This is quite possibly the reason Slackware has lasted so long.
In these days of companies just taking a stock Red Hat distribution
and calling it their own, it's easy to get sucked into the pressure
of dumbing down Linux. Slackware takes a completely different
perspective and focuses on learning through practice -- or just
using that power if you're a more advanced user. Which is maybe the
thing that makes Slackware so popular.
It is well-known within the Linux community that Slackware takes
pride in simplicity. Slackware 8 is no exception to this rule, as
it assures you'll be up and running with the likes of XFree86 4.1.0
and kernel 2.4.5 in no time."