I spent the last six months or so fighting and fighting and fighting to keep my W8 install stable. I have formerly used Ubuntu/Mint for my desktop (in my "I'm giving up gaming so I can FOCUS!" stages... which only ever last 3-6 weeks at best), but always went back. Now I'm actually at a point in my life where the vast majority of my gaming happens on the tabletop and the rest of my time is dedicated to work and education (going back to school after a two-year hiatus where I got myself together from the messy idiot I was - now I'm a somewhat clean idiot). The only games I really play anymore are strategy (Civ!) and currently D3 with my partner.
Anyway, I finally gave up when my W8 installation updates committed seppuku for the fifth time in three months and I started having to play peekaboo with my data HDD. I did some research, wanted to find a linux distro that would be lightweight, low footprint, and serve as a jump-point for me to learn a lot more about just about everything. I debated for a while between VL and Arch, but decided to go this route - the community and culture being pretty big pros for me.
So here I am, about as wet behind the ears as I can be, trying to learn what I can learn and contribute (eventually) where I can.
When I get home, I am going to accidentally crash my box 5-6 times trying to add 32-bit libraries and applications since I installed VL64 7.0. Kinda looking forward to it.
(If there's a better tutorial/walkthrough than http://alien.slackbook.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=slackware:multilib
please let me know. I couldn't find anything VL-specific with my weak google-fu.