Slackware is not needlessly complicated unlike some of the distros, most particularly Debian, which I am using right now and dislike it thoroughly, but cant go back since I have spent so much time configuring it.

The only 'good' thing about Debian is the package manager, which is not so much of an advantage anyway because it is easier to compile from source. Slackware lets one know what is going on, and comes in with usable defaults. For example, in Debian, I had to compile the kernel to make DMA work. And of course, getting X to work was a mammoth effort.

Slackware's package manager, although primitive, is extremely transparent. One can go to the directory and installpkg. Of course, if it doesnt work, fetch the dependencies and install. Nothing wrong with that. And starting and stopping services only requires a change in permissions in rc.d. There is no separate directory for each thing.