I for one am enthusiastically awaiting the next slack release. When asked by users of other systems why in hell I run Slackware, I like to tell them that it's because I *like* UNIX. I don't always agree with Pat's design decisions but it's not like it's terribly difficult to do it my way once it's installed.
My only real complaint about the system is that it doesn't scale all that well. I don't miss GNOME and I can figure out the dependencies by myself, thankyouverymuch. It's certainly not for everyone. If you don't like solving problems, or you want them solved for you, stay away; for the rest of us, it is an oasis.