Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 13th Apr 2012 02:48 UTC
Linux VectorLinux is one of those useful but lesser-known Linux distros. It's been around since 1999 and I've used it since 2006, off and on, in the role of a secondary OS. Now, with the disruptive changes Ubuntu forces on its user base with each new release, I've found myself increasingly attracted to Vector's stability and convenience. This article introduces "VL" to those who may not be familiar with it.
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Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

The article (and the review it points to) are really interesting. Turning "waste PCs" into productive parts of the society again. However, I'm interested in how good the language support is. German language is mandatory for cases where I would use this Linux distro. The article does not mention anything about foreign (non-english) languages, and the review mentions English, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish in a picture. Is there a way to make this Linux installable and usable by german users?

The second thing I'm a bit sceptical is the multimedia support. "Multimedia that runs right out of the box" sounds nice, but does this cover things like all the strange "Windows" formats, stuff like MP3 and OGG/Vorbis, non-mainstream formats like Matroska, up to "Flash"? I know a full-featured {k|g|s}mplayer can play them all (because mplayer can play everything), but has this been selected for the packages part of the distro? I assume there could be licensing problems because it's illegal to listen to MP3 in the US. The review is a bit more elaborate (mentioning VLC), but of course it doesn't cover all cases "typical users" would encounter today. And in case this Linux is run on hardware with lower power (e. g. P4, ~1.2 GHz with 16 MB GPU, because that's what the article's "A distro for older hardware" could be supposed to mean), how well does "Flash" or fullscreen video perform?

Anyway, I'm giving this Linux a try, because it sounds promising. Thanks for the article, it's an inspiration to try something new.

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NuxRo Member since:
2010-09-25

Doc,

I would imagine Norwegian (or whatever) support is as good as XFCE/KDE/IceWM/etc provides.

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Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

Doc,

I would imagine Norwegian (or whatever) support is as good as XFCE/KDE/IceWM/etc provides.


I'm primarily interested in German support, especially in regards of KDE. In older KDE versions, I was disappointed because of the sloppy and only partial translation of program environments and error messages. At that time, Gnome had much better support for the german language; KDE looked so inferior. Maybe since 4.0 it has been improved - but the article and the review are short on that information.

That's understandable, I admit: The main target audience will have no problem with using English. Being a German myself, I prefer having OS and applications in English (with OpenOffice being the only intended exception). Those who are "smart enough" that they want to use Linux typically can deal with english messages and errors. "Newbies" however are scared by the first "Error" they encounter, and run back to their "good 'Windows'" quickly, leaving the chance of moving to a better OS behind. Sadly, the "first impression effect" has an enormous impact, and it's not just about the colorful icons, the many programs available, the nice background image, the multimedia formats and the printer support; it's also about using the native language from the beginning and throughout the whole "OS experience". It's often hard to tell people that Linux is a multi-language OS that can be in any language you want, but if you want German and you don't get it...

Being able to select German at the beginning of the installation (should be the very first step) and then having all the programs (and errors) in that language would be great.

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