Ah, the first distro I ever installed has reached version 12.0. This is the FIRST version to include a 2.6 kernel by default. THAT'S how conservative Patrick is!
I used Slack right up until a few months ago when I discovered Mint. Slack was great, but spending over a day customizing it was a pain. And in terms of packages, Ubuntu's is the Big Dawg. EVERYONE'S got a Ubuntu package for their program. I still raise a glass to the great Slackware. Long live Pat and the king of old school distros. It's because of Slackware that I know linux, instead of just being able to hack around on a single distro.