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."