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Evild3D.net: A Look At VectorLinux 2.0

Sep 01, 2001, 18:10 (0 Talkback[s])

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"When last we met up with Vector Linux, [VL for short], it was at version 1.8. This was back in January of this year. Since then, VL has almost become the defacto distribution for evil3D gaming boxes. Why? Small, quickly installed, and the ability to take on any sort of package you want to throw at it. Version 2.0 has recently been released by the VL team and has all the earmarks of being an even better distro. But, can the new edition keep up the trend of massive improvement over the last?

So what is new in 2.0? One of the major changes is there are now two different sub-versions of VL. The first stays true to the original form, optimized for lower end machines and sticking with version 3.3.6 of XFree86. The second sub has been optimized for the more mighty machines and includes XFree86 4.1.0. The packages used are quite up to date, and include kernel 2.4.5, glibc 2.2.3, gcc-2.95.3, and a sysV style init. While some of this is a little dated now, when first released VL 2.0 was one of the most up to date distributions available.

On the installation side, a lot has remained the same but there are a couple new items. It's still text based, with a little ANSI tossed in. The install script will now search out and find the CDROM drive containing the installation CD. A minor item, but a nice one. Added to the configuration menu is sound card configuration, which was sorely missing from the previous version. In fact, the ability to configure the sound card is totally new to VL. Another configuration addition is network. Previously, PPP could be set up, but now network settings can be controlled as well. Oh yes, SaX has been dropped from the distro. The default XFree86 configuration tool is now xf86config."

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