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Last Review by UltimaGuy - posted: 08-30-2005 03:10 PM [ Post a Review

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Recently noticing this product in distrowatch and seeing a review in madpenguin, I was attracted towards this product. First I'll list out the reason I decided to try this distro.The primary reason I wanted to check this product is that I have only 128 MB RAM, and Fedora made my system crawl. I was using slackware till recently, but while tweaking the GNOME/KDE config files I screwed up somewhere and so my GUI in slakware became unstable. So I was booting into Windows 2K more and more. I decided to stop this and was thinking of downloading slack 10.1 when I read about this distro... and so my adventure into yet another distro begins. I will first clear up one important matter ... I have installed about a dozen distros in these years in numerous versions and I AM NOT A NEWBIE. I rate myself as someone with moderate experince but who has to brush them up as nowadays I am spending less and less time with linux (particularly due to my work commitments Smile ). So the installation of VectorLinux was quite easy for me. They have followed in the slack tradition of a text mode installer, but with the minimal set of options I have encountered till date. After installation, I restarted and immediately ran into the famous X problem ... I was seeing a 640X480 login screen. I logged in and was surprised to see that my internet was not working ... I decided to first correct my network problem, so went into text mode and checked whether my network card was up. It was configured correctly and so I used 'netconfig' to reconfigure the network. I am not sure whether I gave some wrong value the first time because the internet started working fine now. Next I decided to visit the VectorLinux forums for my display problem. A simple search there showed 3 different methods to solve the problem. The first one, using the command 'xorgcfg -textmode' was something I have never used, so I decided to use this. I input my monitor frequencies, my card details and then moved into init 4 again ... and got my favourite 1024X768 Smile Though the included packages are a small subset, most of the functionality required for a user is present here. And most importantly, the system is absolutely fast .... even slackware is not so fast in my system ... My only problem is that for getting GNOME or/and KDE, you have to buy the deluxe version. Since I could not afford it at present, I checked their forums to learn that freerock gnome is compatible with them ... so now I am downloading it.... If you are looking for a very fast distro based on Slackware, or if you want a distro for that hardware of yours which has been made obsolete by other distros, search no furthur ... your search end here ... as mine had Smile

Rating: 9
Product Details: "5.1 Standard" by UltimaGuy - posted: 08-30-2005 - Rating: ******* 7.33


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