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 A few highlights of the Slackware Linux community may be mentioned. Even though technically a commercial distribution (the chief maintainer of Slackware, Patrick Volkerding sells the product on CD/DVD to support himself and the project financially,​ though ISOs are available as free downloads), Slackware has a highly devoted, tightly knit and enthusiastic user community that is friendly and helpful to new users. The Slackware community generally emphasizes user empowerment by learning and understanding the system rather than blindly copying instructions,​ a trend common in commercial proprietary operating systems. As a result, quite a significant proportion of Slackware users are also developers to a lesser or greater degree and are skilled enough, at the least, to create and debug simple shell scripts. A few highlights of the Slackware Linux community may be mentioned. Even though technically a commercial distribution (the chief maintainer of Slackware, Patrick Volkerding sells the product on CD/DVD to support himself and the project financially,​ though ISOs are available as free downloads), Slackware has a highly devoted, tightly knit and enthusiastic user community that is friendly and helpful to new users. The Slackware community generally emphasizes user empowerment by learning and understanding the system rather than blindly copying instructions,​ a trend common in commercial proprietary operating systems. As a result, quite a significant proportion of Slackware users are also developers to a lesser or greater degree and are skilled enough, at the least, to create and debug simple shell scripts.
  
-The availability of a large number of [[slackware:​SlackBuild scripts|SlackBuilds]] or build scripts for making third-party software installation easier in Slackware is a case in point. A common complaint about Slackware is the tediousness involved in installing third party software by hunting down dependencies from different sources online, downloading and compiling the software manually. The issue has been largely addressed by the community of developers who have created SlackBuild scripts for many commonly used software ​that are not part of the official distribution. A popular and high quality repository of SlackBuilds can be found at http://​www.slackbuilds.org.+The availability of a large number of [[slackware:​SlackBuild scripts|SlackBuilds]] or build scripts for making third-party software installation easier in Slackware is a case in point. A common complaint about Slackware is the tediousness involved in installing third party software by hunting down dependencies from different sources online, downloading and compiling the software manually. The issue has been largely addressed by the community of developers who have created SlackBuild scripts for many commonly used applications and libraries ​that are not part of the official distribution. A popular and high quality repository of SlackBuilds can be found at http://​www.slackbuilds.org.
  
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