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VectorLinux 6.0 "SOHO"
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1 25605 07-21-2011
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100% of reviewers None indicated 7.0

Description: "The SOHO final release is based on the KDE-4.4.2 plasma desktop with many graphical and system enhancements. We have included all the productivity software one would need like Digikam, the gimp-2.6.10, k3b-2.0, Scribus, OpenOffice and Inkscape to name a few. The kernel is version which adds new wireless network possibilities along with greater speed and stability. The GUI installer first introduced in the VL standard 6.0 release has seen further refinements and is the default installer. Support has been added for a wider range of graphic chipsets and both lilo and grub2 bootloaders are available. Importing user accounts from previous installs is now possible provided a separate home partition is used...."
Keywords: KDE-Plasma kernel- wireless

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Old 07-21-2011, 11:01 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Xubuntu
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7

Pros: Good, stable software
Cons: Needs some experience

This version comes on 2 CDs. I was unable to find the checksums for them, but luckily the downloads seem to have been successful. As with the Standard edition, I had to install twice. This time it was because the text-based installer Ďlostí the CD it had just been loaded from, and had a kernel panic. The GUI installer worked perfectly, however, and each step was generally obvious, except where it asked about mount-points; presumably, they expect the user to have read the excellent on-line manual!

The SOHO version differs from the Standard in both the quantity and choice of software, although there is still the extensive duplication: 4 web-browsers, 2 email clients, 4 video-players, even 2 office suites. It also seems odd to choose games and educational software over accounting in a version aimed at office use. All the software tested performed well. As one would expect with KDE, itís big: Firefox and Openoffice took 933MB including caching and buffers.

The only problems were that GUI programs would not run in the terminal emulator as root, and I could not paste from a GUI editor into a CLI one. It would have been nice if there were a GUI tool for mounting partitions.

If you have previous experience of Linux and you like KDE, then Vector is worth a look, if not quite up to the standard of Mepis.


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