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Tux Reports: VectorLinux 4.0 Download Edition [Review]

Nov 13, 2003, 04:00 (2 Talkback[s])

"VectorLinux is a Slackware based distribution, including a graphical package manager known as vecpkg and the vasm tool for helping administrators maintain the distribution. The download version of Vector Linux 4.0 was placed on ibiblio.org servers and announced on Tuesday October 7, 2003. Installation was completed several times on an i810 based system, an 810E system, a KT400 based system, and an older 440BX system. We then attempted to use the installed Linux as a desktop in a high school classroom and at home.

"Slackware has a great reputation for being the 'true' Unix of Linux distributions. However, it's installation and configuration routines can be overwhelming for a new inductee to Linux. VectorLinux provides a Slackware environment with an ncurses based installation routine that includes easy prompts, progress bars, and hardware detection. The post-installation configuration is easily done with the VectorLinux Administration tool known as vasm. In addition, VectorLinux has select window managers which work well (faster) on older hardware. Plus it is possible to add Slackware packages in case one is not available on the VL site. The real sweet spot is the small size of the distribution, weighing in under 230 MB for the single iso image. Now, compare that size to the three iso images for Fedora Core 1 and you'll see why many people will be interested in VectorLinux..."

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