Home > Linux > Vectorlinux 5.1 Review Vectorlinux 5.1 Review Submitted by Robert 2005-08-23 Linux 18 Comments Madpengiun has a review of the latest release of the trimmed-down Slackware-based Linux distro, Vectorlinux. At the end, the author advocates its use for “PC Recycling,” wherein old, decommissioned hardware is set up for schools or nonprofits. About The Author David Adams Follow me on Twitter @david_adams 18 Comments 2005-08-23 4:21 pm sorry…. Couldn’t resist 😉 2005-08-23 4:52 pm durbhas yes it is, more so than many main stream distros. if what i say sounds too good to be true, do checkout the experiences of others in the forums and try to install it yourself and see the magic ~ram 2005-08-23 5:04 pm Yes, it is ready. I use it right now . And Slapt-get package manadgement system is just what was needed to Slackware to bring it to desktop users 2005-08-24 2:11 am More topical question would be is Vectorlinux ready to pay up for use of the Linux trademark? 2005-08-23 4:24 pm This has to be one of the ugliest distributions of Linux, looks like sore thumb. The logo is also confusing and ugly, the interface is try play off OS X but in the end made a bad effort. 2005-08-23 4:55 pm Who is That Slack is so fast but it is a pain to install. I wish vector made a system for server use. 2005-08-23 4:57 pm Jed Slackware is my fav distro. I’ve tried other distros based on it, and I find Vector a very useable one. 2005-08-23 4:58 pm What is the icon theme used in Freerock-Gnome? It looks nice. 2005-08-23 5:25 pm Celerate The download links all seem to point to a 5.0 folder, is 5.1 not available as a download yet? I would love to give the latest version a fair try before having to purchase anything, the review makes it look very promissing. 2005-08-23 5:59 pm Yes, the free download is available since it was released a few weeks ago. Just go to those links. Even if they say 5.0 they also contain 5.1-std. However, the standard edition for downloading comes without KDE or Gnome. If you want KDE you might prefer to try 5.0-SOHO. 2005-08-23 5:40 pm Continue deleting my comments and I will continue to voodoo Linux to the point its market share will always stay 1,000 users. 2005-08-23 5:58 pm DR17 looks awesome. I can’t see myself having an animated background for very long, though; it would be way too distracting. -bytecoder 2005-08-24 8:17 am butters Perfect… I have you just where I wanted you last night when I was reading this review (linked off of DistroWatch). A few of us are aware of your (tentatively named) HeliOS project, an incredibly ambitious undertaking to “…integrate the linux kernel into a more coherent directory structure, along with writing a completely new environment–new DE, new language, new applications…” Carsten “Rasterman” Haitzler, the founder and lead developer of the Enlightenment Project, set out to do something similar (minus the directory structure) in mid-2000: an incredibly ambitious project to create the ultimate desktop environment, which would be called E17. It is now nearing heading towards a viable release after 5 years of development, leveraging the experience of the previous Enlightenment releases to some extent. In light of Enlightenment (horrible pun somewhat intended), why do you think the free software community demands another ultra-ambitious desktop environment project? Does E17 “stratch your itch,” or do you have a vastly different focus? Would it be possible to build your ideas off the EFL or other existing libraries? As an aside, if you usually (if not always) sign your posts, why don’t you create an account? You could mod me down if you’re logged in… 2005-08-23 6:35 pm 5.1-STD? Is this what they mean with “GPL is viral”? 2005-08-23 6:56 pm eMagius I’m more of a BSD-guy, but when it comes to using GNU/Linux (for whatever reason), I turn to Vector first (albeit the standard edition with IceWM (my favorite WM) as the default). It’s not much better than plain old Slack, but if the Vector guys are willing to do some of the configuration work for me, why not take advantage? 2005-08-23 10:29 pm I installed the standard edition onto an old Toshiba laptop with a Pentium 300Mhz/64mb RAM this past weekend. (Well technically, since the Toshiba has no CD-ROM drive I installed it into a Compaq laptop with a Cyrix 233 and 96mb of RAM and then transplanted the drive with no issues.) It runs quite nicely in both…it seems like the best pick for older hardware, from what I’ve tried. 2005-08-24 1:20 am ferrix I’m a fan of Vector as well. I run it on a Athlon XP 1800 with 512mb of RAM, so it’s not like I couldn’t install any other distro on this machine. But Vector just does everything I want it to do, with no fuss, no drama. Highly recommended! 2005-08-24 8:42 am Has been a while since Enlightenment was included in distros CDs as an alternative window manager, and since its development stagnated for quite some time, I haven´t really looked into it lately. But that video showing DR17 in action is AMAZING. There is a lot of gimmicks visual effects that are actually useful like animated onion skin (a la Flash) on the icons in the Dock(?). The way how you configure the applets is different, beautiful and even a 5 years old children could understand it easily. Those two features alone makes a lot of difference on usability for the DE. Kudos for Rastaman and the others developers working on E. Impressive work.