Lately, I've felt like a few things have been running strangely on my Arch installs. Not totally sure if it was from inherent Arch Instability or something I did wrong. For some reason, the Slackware USBboot did not like my HP Mini and would freeze even though it worked fine on my old Laptop. Fortunately, I read that there was Unetbootin support for Slackware so I just used it to stick the DVD ISO image onto a USB. I would recommend this method for any beginners trying to install Slackware and having issues. I have had FreeBSD on this Netbook in the past and Slackware seems similar but is much more friendly with hardware detection. I also like Slackware's Network Manager over FreeBSD's WifiMgr package. It was much simpler getting the finicky Broadcom Wireless up. I also followed a trick on the documentation for getting Chrome from the latest stable .deb file on Chrome's website. So I'm not sure it's fair to say everything in Slackware is fossilized but stable. So far, it's running steady .