Sorry for the delay.
This may be a good start - http://python-xlib.sourceforge.net/?page=documentation
In general, swap is very useful. Technically, you do not need it. In other words, your system still boots and works just as it usually does....
Ebook? Why yes - http://www.linux.org/threads/linux-kernel-the-series-free-ebook-download.5637/
Nice toothbrush? Definitely :D
As many users have already stated, Slackware is far from dead. Slackware is as dead as a slow-growing strong oak tree.
Does your BIOS support wake-on-LAN? If the BIOS does not support it, then there is no need to be worried about wake-on-Lan at the OS level....
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