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VectorLinux 6.0 "Light"
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2 30865 04-28-2011
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Description: "The VectorLinux team is pleased to announce the final release of VL 6.0 Light. Light is aimed at users with some Linux experience. It is biased towards technical simplicity and high performance. Based on VL 6.0 Standard, the most resource hungry applications have been removed or replaced with lighter alternatives. Running services are kept to a minimum. The default user interface is IceWM with PCManFM as your file and desktop manager. The alternate window manager is JWM. Opera provides a fast and standards-compliant web browser with Flash Player 10 and MPlayer plugins, as well as e-mail and BitTorrent clients. Firefox is also available. For local multimedia playback you will find XMMS, GMPlayer and Xine."
Keywords: IceWM PCManFM Opera


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Old 02-03-2010, 11:19 AM   #1
SA_Ron
 
Registered: Mar 2004
Distribution: Multiple. Depends on my mood.
Posts: 9

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: speedy, not alot of software bloat
Cons: Tools take some getting used to.



In short, I like it because it works and it's pretty fast. Somewhere between a bloated distro and a minimal distro.

Much improved wireless support for my Atheros based wireless card. An earlier release of Vector that I tried required me to actually go into wpa_supplicant to configure the stupid card. This version will configure the card from the VASM tools. However, I still had to reboot in order for the settings to take. Weird, but a piece of cake compared to the previous Vector I was using.

It's been a couple of months so my memory is a bit off, but I believe this is still using a curses based installer. Crude, but gets the job done.

Comes with KDE 3.x (3.5?) instead of the newer 4.x. I prefer the older version anyway. Had too many headaches with the newer version.

I'm using this OS mostly for surfing, email, and a game or two. Wine works nicely here too.

I'm a PCLinuxOS user, so I'm used to the Mandriva type system tools which I find superior to any others I've tried, but VASM does the trick too. I like having the system tools in under one menu heading. Too many other linuces I've used have tools scattered around different menus with no apparent rhyme or reason. Drives me crazy!

My system currently has:
Celeron 3Ghz CPU
4 Gigabytes of RAM (The system only sees about 2.5G)
Nvidia motherboard.

I like Vector enough to use it for my stable OS.

If you don't mind adding software from the repos after installation, give this a shot. I'd rather have only some software in place after install instead of too much.

Hey, it's only one CD. Give it a shot, and good luck.
 
Old 04-28-2011, 03:50 PM   #2
DavidMcCann
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
Posts: 3,133

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: Ideal for small computers
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The above review is not of Vector Light, but of Vector KDE Classic!

Vector Light uses IceWM instead of a desktop and will run in 64MB with a 166MHz Pentium I. This is comparable to Tiny Core, but the result is far more friendly.
 




  



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