Assembled to make installation and maintenance of Slackware easier.
Built for speed, stability, security, ease of use and development (if you are so inclined.)
I am as confident in it's stability as a stock Slackware box -- and that is saying something.
Absolute is NOT a Windows-wanna-be.
It does not try to do everything for you. All software updating/adding must be done as root user (administrator to Windows fans) as well as any configuration changes. Login is text-based, as is the installer. There are not handfulls of daemons running nor are the bloat of KDE or Gnome present.
To me it is Linux at its best -- completely configurable for those with the knowledge and inclination, but useable and productive "out of the box" for anyone, thanks to small, single-purpose applications and utilities to help get things done.
Absolute is Slackware-based -- The oldest surviving Linux distribution, renowned for its stability, security and speed. I have a server in my basement running version 7 or 8 (I forget) since I moved to my home in 2000. Maintenance has consisted of scraping the sawdust off the front grill a couple times. (The machine is close to my table saw.)
If Slackware's so great . . . then what motivated me to create a modified distribution? Well, to start off with it is what I use. All day, every day. My kids use it and, as a PC repair guy, I install it. I wanted:
1. ease of installation (to save my time),
2. lightweight enough to put on even very old machines,
3. and stable enough and easy enough to use so that I did not get support calls all the time.