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VectorLinux 6.0
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3 35554 07-09-2011
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67% of reviewers None indicated 6.0

Description: "The final release of VectorLinux 6.0 (code name 'Voyager') is now available. This release is a major milestone in the 10-year history of VectorLinux. With the unbridled enthusiasm of a community gone wild, we have forged our very own stable GUI installer and our repository now hosts over a thousand packages. VectorLinux is the fastest Linux desktop in its class. The main desktop is based on Xfce 4.4.3 with a custom theme and artwork unique to VectorLinux. LXDE 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 a stellar experience."
Keywords: Voyager Stable fast Xfce LXDE

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Old 03-04-2009, 09:03 PM   #1
Registered: Jan 2008
Distribution: AntiX 8.2!
Posts: 38

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

Pros: Fast, seems quite stable, nice package repository, quick intstall time.
Cons: Ran into minor problem with X configuration

Very fast install with a graphical installer, only ran into a couple of minor hitches that were easily remedied (the X autoconfig option failed but the more longhand option did the trick plus I had to do some additional post-install network configuration via Vasm to get on teh intertubes).
This OS performs great-fast and snappy, good package management tools (a bit similar to apt) and so far very stable. I'm running an older box and I would actually choose this over something similarly more lightweight like AntiX.
In fact, I'm well impressed enough that I think Vector just won another convert.
Old 03-12-2009, 12:26 AM   #2
Registered: Aug 2007
Distribution: Slackware (mainly) and then a lot of others...
Posts: 855

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Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 2

Pros: installed properly
Cons: plenty

I downloaded the VL6.0. I had huge hopes from it. Specially as I had found VL5.9.1 to be awesome and spectular (I am running out of superlatives here).
But VL6.0 was a big dissapointment. The GUI would crash whenever I tried to open the terminal, VLC did not start many more I dont want to bore you with.
Old 07-09-2011, 06:04 PM   #3
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Xubuntu
Posts: 5,197

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7

Pros: Fast, lightweight, stable
Cons: Don't use X autoconfiguration in the installer

Vector comes as a live disk or an installation disk, and the standard edition can have Xfce 4.4 or KDE 3.5. I chose to install the Xfce version.

You get a choice of mouse or keyboard installers. I used both, and they were easy enough to use. I had to install twice, because the auto-configuration option I chose for the X window system failed and so I had to start over again and choose the standard configuration (which seemed automatic enough to me). Luckily an installation only lasts 15 minutes. A nice point is that the installer encourages the use of /home: so many beginners donít create this and regret it later. It also enables you to choose which programs are installed.

The choice of software supplied had some odd features. There is a lot of duplication: Dillo, Firefox, Opera, and Seamonkey; Mplayer, VLC, and Xine; Bluefish, Medit, and Leafpad. On the other hand, there is no email client if you donít install Seamonkey. Other software includes Gimp, Inkscape, Scribus, Abiword, and Gnumeric. Apart from one critical warning for Abiword, all ran without complaint, as one would expect from a Slackware-based distro. The repository is rather sparse: no LibreOffice (theyíre still using OpenOffice), pdftk, or units, for example. I tested gslapt by installing Fontforge, and it was quick and successful.

Flash and the codecs are supplied, and media files played well.

Vector idled at 100MB, and so would be quite happy on 256MB.

Iím not sure that Vector is one for beginners, but it offers a pleasant Linux for the reasonably competent.


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