Posted 03 February 2018 - 0419 AM
There are as many use-cases as there are computer users. Acting snarky because your use-case is different from mine seems .. misguided. It's better to help folks find something that works for them.
My own Linux story starts with a stutter. In 1992 I was visiting a friend who was home for Christmas, and he couldn't stop talking about this Linux thing. It required an i386 (which I did not have -- was still on an i286-12) and it wouldn't run any of my old DOS software, but that didn't stop him from pressing a floppy disk into my hands labeled "Linux 0.98-pl4".
The next year I was the happy owner of an i486DX-50 and gave Linux a try, but didn't really see the point. OS/2 2.1 made me happy. I could write native 32-bit applications for it in C or Modula-2 or Pascal, and it would run my old DOS programs, and that was enough. Linux had a nice C compiler but only a crappy, minimal Pascal compiler and no Modula-2 compiler at all as far as I could tell. The Linux boot floppy went into a drawer and got lost.
In 1996 I was writing multiprocess and networking software, and OS/2 wasn't cutting it, so Linux started to look appealing, finally. I picked up a book, "Linux Unleashed", which happened to have a Slackware 3.0 installation CD in the back cover. Slackware made sense to me (I'd learned AT&T System-V UNIX ten years previously) and provided a comprehensive development environment. At first my desktop dual-booted OS/2 and Slackware, but as I figured out how to make Linux do more and more the need for OS/2 diminished. By the end of 1998 I was no longer dual-booting, just used Linux for everything.
Over the years I've tried other distributions and some of the BSDs, but always came back to Slackware. I love its large base install, conservative development/release methodology and rock-solid stability. It's my OS at home and at work. It's not for everyone (I'm a strong proponent of Mint Linux for the desktop, especially for people switching away from Windows) but it's totally the right thing for me.
It took me a long time to find the online Slackware community. Always preferred to learn through reading and practice, not asking random strangers questions. I'm making up for it now, though, participating in the LinuxQuestions Slackware web forum, and I'm co-moderator of the ##slackware-help IRC channel on freenode. There can be some smug elitism among Slackware users, but we do a pretty good job of setting that aside and helping people figure stuff out.
The face of computing has changed a lot, and there's less of a niche for Slackware than there once was. It is, and remains, a distribution for people to build upon, and make things in, but that's not what most people need. People need something that gives them a convenient interface to all the applications they need to do the tasks of everyday life. Slackware can do that, but it's not the best choice for it. There are better distributions for doing that, like Mint and Fedora. It's been years since I've recommended Slackware to anyone except already-experienced technical Linux users who are trying to get away from systemd (which is on three-quarters of all distributions today, but not Slackware).
Eesh, didn't mean to ramble quite so much. Stopping there.