Today Pat has announced the Slackware 11.0 RC2, which comes with an updated kernel and also some other packages, such as slackpkg and pkgconfig. The kernel changes is that Pat decided to switched the default kernel to use sata.i which supports both parallel and serial ATA, which is the most widely used interface in storage devices. He recompiled most of the directory for the next Slackware 11.0 installation to reference to the new one. I hope it will be better, although we will not see any graphical improvement on the installer just like Debian or Gentoo which provide a new graphical installer. Slackware will (and i think it will always) use the ncurses-based installer which is fast, but works. That's what i like about Slackware. Not too much nitty gritty stuffs, but it simply works, robust, and stable.
In this second release, Pat will freeze any changes, unless bugs (or irresistible upgrades) or even security fixes. I can't wait to see the next Slackware 11.0 released by Pat :D