dont listen to someone who says **** like that
EVEN IF you do things manually, you will be left CLUELESS as to the actual composition of the OS AS WELL AS ALL THE FUNCTIONS HIDDEN to the end-user. the console in apple is not as potent as the shells in linux distros...
BTW CONGRATS ON CHOOSING SLACKWARE! I myself have just installed it for the first time, and hobo helped me a lot with it. I am getting much better with linux just using it! its awesome.
While it's true that it is a watered down terminal it is still a valid teaching tool