SalixOS vs Slackware
SalixOS is slackware-compatible and based on Slackware. Slackware is the oldest Linux distribution still in existence.
 Slackware Strengths
Slackware is known for its simplicity and stability. Slackware receives praise it because it is designed to have users work directly with the "insides" of the system (for example, text-based configuration files) rather than graphical tools that hide what's going on underneath.!
 SalixOS Strengths
SalixOS adds automatic dependency resolution and some other features that may make it more suitable for linux beginners, while maintaining many of the advantages of Slackware. Slackware does not come with any programs that provide automatic dependency resolution. (So if you install a graphical program such as Abiword, you may have to manually install software packages that it requires in order to run, such as the graphical interface toolkit "GTK").
 Desktop Environments
Slackware includes KDE, Xfce, Fluxbox, Blackbox, Windowmaker, Fvwm2 and Twm by default. You simply have to select which one you want, using a tool called 'xwmconfig'. This is invoked during the default installation script. Slackware does not default to a desktop at all; it defaults to a shell prompt.