About Extended Slackware
Who gave packages
Extended Slackware originally is not an alternative distribution. It's just a set of packages for newest stable Slackware, not infrequently differing from packages from distribution with just details (quite important, though - otherwise I wouldn't even bother with compilation by my own). If you want to know what's better/different than in distribution package, compare slackbuilds.
Slackbuilds... right. This is the second important point in project (I think I can call it like that). There're many packages on Linux Packages, sometimes doubling Extended Slackware ones (or inversely), but not for all slackbuilds are available. I want to add build scripts for all packages placed here. Because of that there're less available packages than I have on my system, but thanks to that you could easily rebuild necessary packages on other Slackware versions (e.g. on 8.1 - glibc 2.2 - or on future versions). It's worth waiting patiently for such prepared package, isn't it?
Third important point is to get all security updates, which aren't included in newest stable Slackware version. As for now, because of lack of time, I'm putting just these updates, which Patrick Volkerding and the team didn't put in slackware-<ver>/patches/. My target is to have only current and fixed packages.
At the end I want to say a word about additional packages. You can expect
packages mainly for server, such as
IPsec tools, tools for
grsecurity and probably for other
sets of security patches and libraries, like Linux capabilities (man
7 capabilities) or PAM (despite of that not everyone likes this
tools for network testing (hping3 +
and daemons, which are not included in original Slackware:
fcron and others. You can find also
(jak Valgrind), and even desktop ones
Engine by Dozzie. Awful design by Dozzie.