Home > Linux > VectorLinux-4.0-rc1 Available VectorLinux-4.0-rc1 Available Eugenia Loli 2003-08-01 Linux 9 Comments The VectorLinux project released 4.0-RC1, more information is available here. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 9 Comments 2003-08-01 7:51 pm i have old PC (400mhz) and Vector Linux is perfect for old pc’s, light and fast, it just needs a GUI package management programme. sorry for my english 🙂 2003-08-01 8:40 pm I have 2 older laptops both running Redhat 9. One machine has a PII 266Mhz chip (256MB RAM) and the other has an AMD K6-475Mhz chip (320MB RAM). Redhat works quite well on them, however I am always willing to give something new a try. I will have to check out Vector Linux and see if it is any speedier. Can anyone out there suggest a version of Linux that runs fairly well on older machines like the ones I have? Thanks! 2003-08-01 9:30 pm try slackware 9 for old computers 2003-08-01 10:27 pm Vector Linux based on Slackware, both are good for old pc’s. 2003-08-02 1:13 am I use Libranet, which installs easily, and uses IceWM by default. I have a recent, but underpowered laptop (with a Transmeta chip) that came with either Windows 2000 or XP. I chose 2000 because of my concerns over the speed of this thing. While 2000 is fairly nible, IceWM is faster booting and executing. Linux also has a better selection of software that runs quickly. Sure Mozilla is slow, but Lynx is fast, handles advertising well, and shows pictures when you want to see them. Abiword is fast, but not as powerful as Word, but Textmaker is in some ways more powerful than Word, and it is just as fast as Abiword. 2003-08-02 2:35 am Try peanut linux if you have a “slower” laptop. It works wonders for my k6-2 475mhz w/ 192 megs of ram. Its about as up to date and feature rich, yet compact as you can get while not sacrificing speed. 2003-08-03 1:29 am Installed Vector Linux 4.0 RC1 Could not configure X to work. Very disappointed … I guess I’ll have to skip this distro once again. PS: In case you think my video card is a problem… I did not have any problems with this hardware when I Installed Mandrake, RedHat. 2003-08-03 2:26 am It’s always nice to see that someone’s targetting old computers, but I don’t really see the need for a specialized distribution for this. My 486 w. 24 megs of ram runs Debian Woody quite happily, and I get access to a far greater array of packages and automatic security updates to boot. I haven’t compared the size of the base installs directly, but I know that with a little work one can whittle Debian down to under a hundred megs without bother. Not that one needs to – even this old a machine has enough space not to have to worry about it. 2003-08-04 5:16 pm You can send the Vector Linux team details of what went wrong with your X configuration. Maybe it will help them make a good 4.0 final release.