Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 27th Jul 2005 07:46 UTC, submitted by Vector
Linux After three months of testing via two beta releases and two release candidates Vector Linux has released version 5.1 of its Slackware-derived operating system. This release is an important milestone as there is now a working dependency package management system inside a Slack-based distro.
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min specs?
by Esaltato on Wed 27th Jul 2005 09:23 UTC
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I have 4.3 on a 200 MMX 64MB and it goes very well. Wonder how will VL 5 go?

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Great news
by Anonymous on Wed 27th Jul 2005 10:52 UTC
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Great to see another release of the best distro out there (for me). I still prefer the SOHO edition with KDE and OOo, but the standard is great for those who want/need a lightweight OS.

Congratulations to developers, and i hope more people try it out, it's worth ;)

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nice
by netpython on Wed 27th Jul 2005 11:36 UTC
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Vector Linux 5.1 is a nice one.The package manager slapt-get works seamlessly (eg: slapt-get --update, slapt-get --install mozilla etc ..).Would be nice if VL would have an online package data base though.

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VL 5.1
by UglyKidBill on Wed 27th Jul 2005 13:19 UTC
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>>> I have 4.3 on a 200 MMX 64MB and it goes very well. Wonder how will VL 5 go?

It will run as good as 4.3, it will only require more disc space since it has more packages included.

I have RC2 in a system like yours but with 128 ram.


The improvements on VASM compared to 4.3 are huge, really.
And gslapt is excellent too... saw the screenshot?
http://www.vectorlinux.com/mod.php?mod=userpage&menu=10&page_id=10

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RE: VL 5.1 screenshot
by Anonymous on Wed 27th Jul 2005 13:56 UTC in reply to "VL 5.1"
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For God's sake, man, hide that ugly Rox filer toolbar!

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RE[2]: VL 5.1 screenshot
by Anonymous on Wed 27th Jul 2005 15:36 UTC in reply to "RE: VL 5.1 screenshot"
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Actually thats a very old version of Blackbox or possible Fluxbox with an old theme (looks like Artwiz).

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Slack it
by evert on Wed 27th Jul 2005 14:14 UTC
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Why not install the original slackware? Heck, you will get KDE for free with slackware...

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RE: Slack it
by UglyKidBill on Wed 27th Jul 2005 14:47 UTC in reply to "Slack it"
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It is curious that people doesn´t ask that for debian or mdk based distros.

Anyway, you could find many reasons to choose VL instead of Slack, as with any distro, depending on what you are looking for.

Long story short, VL can save you plenty of time if you are looking for a fast desktop solution. I also find it a great learning experience. And the community is suberb ;)

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debian rocks!
by Anonymous on Wed 27th Jul 2005 15:57 UTC
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aww c'mon it does really...
but I do find myself using vl a awful lot lately but I am loyal to debian.... i think ;)
ok, a little cheating on the side, hopefully debian wont find out about my hottie...
:)
ok, i love VL tooo

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Al Dente
by Anonymous on Wed 27th Jul 2005 16:23 UTC
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I'm a big fan of Vector Linux. Xfce does everything I need and is a lot snappier than KDE or Gnome. VL screems on out-of-date cast-off hardware. I tried Gentoo Linux and after a week of compiling and configuring packages there were still a few nagging things that didn't quite work right. VL feels just as fast as Gentoo, installation is a breeze, and everything just worked.

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Price is very fair
by Anonymous on Wed 27th Jul 2005 16:39 UTC
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Now that's the kind of price even I can accept!
For $26.97 one can get 2 CD's and a printed installation guide.
I can respect a distro that has a "humble" price.
Compared to Slackware that wants $39.95 and for what? Almost no support and a website that's updated once in a blue moon.
Although I do use Slackware for now, I will order Vector just to support them.

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RE: Price is very fair
by ralvy on Wed 27th Jul 2005 19:25 UTC in reply to "Price is very fair"
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Seems unfair to say that Slackware is only updated "once in a blue moon." There have been a lot of updates, starting in April, in both Stable and Current repositories. Tons of updates in Current in the month of July.

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Focus-Focus-Focus!
by Anonymous on Wed 27th Jul 2005 20:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Price is very fair"
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Let's not turn this into a flame-war; Vector is great, and so are the others...they all have their merits!

If you haven't tried Vector, give it a go, then judge. The small disk space requirements and ability to install directly from an iso (no CD to burn) make it very simple to test out...

Congrats to the VL community on a stunning release. The hardwork and dedication is paying off, to say the least! ;)

Cheers!

LLL

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RE: Price is very fair
by MadDwarf on Thu 28th Jul 2005 09:43 UTC in reply to "Price is very fair"
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"a website that's updated once in a blue moon. "

Isn't that the Slackware way? If there is nothing to say, say nothing rather than pumping out more filler.

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How is this better
by Anonymous on Wed 27th Jul 2005 16:46 UTC
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than Fedora Core, Ubuntu, Mandriva, and over 500 other distributions?

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RE: How is this better
by thabrain on Wed 27th Jul 2005 17:00 UTC in reply to "How is this better"
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Because Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandriva, SuSE, and most of the other distributions are not tailored to run on low speed hardware.

I have a Vector Linux 4.3 box for web surfing that's a P133 with 64 MB of memory and a PCI 2 MB Video card.

Fedora would run incredibly slow on that machine.

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Sounds nice for old machines
by Lumbergh on Wed 27th Jul 2005 16:54 UTC
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Like another poster, I've got an old p200 with 80 meg of ram thinkpad that lives under the bed. It looks like they've got a ISO with a special version of Firefox with gtk+1!, and a whole bunch of other gtk+1 apps, but most likely I'll not even put X on it.

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RE: Sounds nice for old machines
by jziegler on Wed 27th Jul 2005 20:42 UTC in reply to "Sounds nice for old machines"
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Considering that I started with Linux on a AMD K5/133MHz, 24 MB RAM and a 1.2 GB disk, I think you can very well put X on your thinkpad.

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RE: Slack it
by Anonymous on Wed 27th Jul 2005 19:50 UTC
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You can get unofficial KDE Slackware/VL packages here:
ftp.kde.org/pub/kde/stable/3.4.1/contrib/Slackware/10.1/
they are intended for Slackware 10.1 I haven't try this ones but I have used other versions and I never had problems with them. Anyway, $26.97 for 2 CD's and a printed installation guide, a stole.

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RE[2]: Slack it
by Anonymous on Fri 29th Jul 2005 21:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Slack it"
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And, yes, they rock ;) . Slackware Linux comes with quite outdated software. What I do is to replace the old 2.4 kernel with new 2.6, the same with KDE, and (if I want to play with Gnome) I install the newest Dropline Desktop. But anyway, I'm burning VL install CD right now to see how god is it ;) .

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About Slackware homepage
by Anonymous on Thu 28th Jul 2005 11:46 UTC
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"a website that's updated once in a blue moon. "

Although the homepage has very if at all update, it gives me comfort knowing Slackware is still kicking a** via current change log.

For all the time I visited the site over the past few years, the only times the site were updated when there were new releases or something important. IMHO, Pat doesn't waste time filling up the site with practically useless news.

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Well
by Anonymous on Thu 28th Jul 2005 12:53 UTC
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Guys from VL are really heroes. Great job!

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laptops ?
by Anonymous on Sat 30th Jul 2005 09:12 UTC
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How well does it run on laptops ?
I mean, does it support centrino, standby/hybernate, WLAN, etc ?

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