"VectorLinux is one distribution that seems to hum along under
most users' radar. This is a mistake because Vector has many of the
characteristics that make Linux great while adding some that has
often been heralded by competitors as not existing except with
larger commercial distributions.
"VectorLinux is based on Slackware Linux, which remains the
oldest living distribution to this day. Vector is fairly old
itself. Very few people realize this distribution has been around
since the last the last century although little proof remains of
these early versions. The Vector Website has a comparison chart
that goes back to 1.8 and one archive of old mailing lists posts
preserves a support question from August 2000 on 1.0.
"While Vector is based on Slackware, its developers have been
working slowly over the years to separate themselves from Slack.
The larger part of Vector is now independently developed with only
the inner core still being derived from Slackware."