I actually started with Slackware, 10.0 to be precise. You're word choice summed me up pretty well mikecindi, a beginner with determination, mainly to learn Linux. I got board of configing (esp. after playing with Arch Base), but I wanted the same SW foundation I had come to love. As a result I've been a Vectorite since 5.0.1SOHO and use Vector as my primary OS in tandum with the occational WinXP. I remember being unimpress with MiniSlack, though it was probably a Reiser4 issue, and though it seems to be quite a solid Slackware spinoff nowadays, it just doesn't have that Vector magic for me, and I've come to find the VL forum such a pleasant place as well.