"There are many reasons why Slackware has a devoted base of
hardcore fans, usually Linux old-timers but occasionally newcomers
too. The top four:
It's almost entirely developed by one man.
The packages are not patched to the hilt.
It's comfortable in its own distrosphere.
It's very, very, very stable.
"Let's look at these in more detail. For most of its history,
since the first release in 1993, Slackware has been largely the
work of one developer: California-based 42-year-old Patrick
Volkerding. Pat had some assistance from other paid developers in
the distro's earlier days, but now he's a one-man band - albeit
with the help of bug reports and patches from the community - and
uses sales of Slackware boxed sets to fund his work on the