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. However,...
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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