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VectorLinux 7.0 "Light"
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1 22065 03-25-2012
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100% of reviewers None indicated 6.0

Description: "VectorLinux 7.0 Light is completed and released. The term 'Light' is relative. This 4-in-1 edition gives you the choice of several window managers, in progressively heavier configurations. These are layered on top of the VectorLinux 7.0 Standard base, so the expected libraries, toolkits, compilers and codecs remain available. For those who want a starting point for their own customized desktop, there is the 'Barebone' option. It is managed by the super-lightweight JWM, without much fluff. Netsurf, a small and speedy web browser, gives you access to the power of the Internet. Use the included build tools and package manager to download and install the programs of your choice. This configuration has been tested on a Pentium 3 with 128 MB of memory."
Keywords: Slackware-based several-window-managers Netsurf

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Old 03-25-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6

Pros: Small and stable
Cons: Problem with codecs

The barebone option provides just the Netsurf browser and Sylpheed email client: if you want any more, you can add it yourself. It would just work in 64MB, which would be very useful for some.

The light option replaces JWM with Ice and Netsurf with Midori, and adds Xchat, VLC & Xine, Mtpaint, Geeqie (image viewer), Epdf, Ted (wordprocessor), and Abs (spreadsheet). Unfortunately the installed media codecs didn't seem to work; I could play wmv files with Xine, but other formats were sound only. This would run in 128MB, although 256MB would be better.

The medium version, which I haven't tried, gives you LXDE and adds Firefox, Abiword, and Gnumeric. 512MB is the recommended RAM.

Apart from the codec problem, all the software worked well. If you don't need a video player or can wait until the bug is fixed, this is a good option for a small computer.


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