I started using Linux in the late 1990s, first Caldera OpenLinux 2.2, then later Slackware. Not sure what version I started with, but I ran it till 7.1. I loved Slackware, but it was at a time when I was learning about FOSS and installing every piece of software under the sun. This was building source code fetched over dialup, and after awhile the building and dependency resolution thing got to be tedious (I remember a time being 16 levels of dependencies deep into building The Gimp, while the sun was coming back up).
A friend gave me a Debian Potato CD around 2001 and Debian became my main squeeze for about 15 years. Debian was very kind to me during that time, but I also dabbled in other distributions here and there, and also the BSDs (which I like quite a lot). Like many, I found Debian's hurried move to systemd an unwelcome surprise. I went back to Slackware, but I couldn't build a 'minimal' system out of it and just add the software I use. The attitude of "just install everything" doesn't appeal to me.
I don't know how I found Salix about 9 months ago, but I'm so glad that I did. It's clean, it's fast, the package management is excellent, it's systemd-free and I really like the "one program per feature" philosophy. It even uses my beloved LILO! It's everything I loved about both Debian and Slackware, but without any of the bits I don't!
Thanks Salix team, I'm in love with Linux all over again!