"A rule of thumb I'd recommend for those interested in
trying out a Slackwaresque distribution: If you're looking for a
distribution for server related tasks, go with Slackware. It's not
particularly modern feeling, but it's stable, solid, and manages
the heavy lifting of server applications with ease. If you are
looking for a more desktop oriented distribution with a wider
variety of recent packages, that is lightweight yet still able to
do server related tasks, think Zenwalk."