I've been waiting for this, been checking distrowatch a few times a day for the past two weeks.
Slackware can be light, just like Gentoo.
The Slackware maybe update soon since this is considered a big release for Slackware, the old one should work pretty well for you though.
so for people that are only familure with say ubuntu .. what would you say some of the key things you would need to know in order to make a jump to slackware ?
The slackbook would clear it all up for you.
Some of the things to note though is the package manager. installpkg, removepkg, upgradepkg. Slackware package are in a .tgz extensions. Can find them at www.linuxpackages.net
. There are tools like slapt-get, that act like APT in debian, but its not support so its not in the distro, but I've used it and its not too bad, I still love pacman on Arch and Frugalware.
doesn't boot into a graphical mode by default, but just edit /etc/inittab and change default runlevel from 3 to 4.