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"VectorLinux 7.0 is now available. This release is the result of nearly two years of blood, sweat and tears since the very successful release of VectorLinux 6.0. With the enthusiasm of a small group of packagers, our repository now hosts over a thousand up-to-date packages. VectorLinux is the fastest Linux desktop in its class bar none. We have exceeded our original goals and produced a beautiful, full-featured stable desktop that is fun, fast and efficient. The main desktop is Xfce 4.8 with a custom theme and artwork. Fluxbox is installed as a secondary desktop option. Much work has been done on localization and we know users from all over the globe will find VectorLinux usable in their language of choice. The kernel is version 3.0.8."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
Easy to set up and everything works
Vector comes as a live disk or an installation disk. Currently it is only available in 32-bit form, but a 64-bit version has reached beta stage. The installer is easy to use and has pop-up help. It allows for some degree of customisation and even lets you select system services. The website installation instructions are out-of-date and should be ignored.
Two GUI’s are installed: Xfce (the default) and Fluxbox. With the former, you get an attractive desktop with the usual panel and a cairo dock; it will run software in 256MB, but would be happier with 512. There are plenty of configuration tools that are easy to use. Fluxbox, with a bare grey screen and minimal panel, will just about work in 128MB. The minimum processor suggested is Pentium III.
There’s a generous amount of software for a CD: Firefox, Opera, Pidgin, Xchat, Abiword, Gnumeric, Gimp, Inkscape, Dia, Shotwell, and lots of media programs: Exaile and Grip; Gnome-mplayer, Umplayer, and Xine. Codecs, Flash, and Java are all installed. Everything worked perfectly, as one would expect from a distro based on Slackware. There’s no email client installed, but Claws-mail, Thunderbird, and Sylpheed are in the repository. Packages are installed with Gslapt or the command slapt-get, and the process is easy and fast. I also successfully installed a driver for my printer.
The few problems I’d had with version 6 no longer exist, and this is now an excellent distro.