VectorLinux is a Linux distribution for the x86 platform based on Slackware which aims to be user-friendly.Vector Linux is currently ranked at #21 on distrowatch. Screenshots are available here
According to the project website: Speed, performance, stability -- these are attributes that set Vector Linux apart in the crowded field of Linux distributions. Vector Linux is a lighter-weight, fast, Linux operating system for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems and is based upon Slackware. Vector Linux has improved Slackware to produce a bloat free, easy to install, configure and maintain operating system that is second to none. We include automatic hardware configuration, unique administration tools and easy software package management via the Gslapt/slapt-get system. Vector Linux is considered to be the fastest, non-source Linux distribution on the planet!
Pentium D 3.4 GHz with 2 gig of RAM, Nvidia 7300GS with 256 meg RAM and 19" wide screen monitor.
Vector Linux comes in a separate live CD, which is not released for version 5.9 yet. But the installation media does not have a live environment and you have to go the old fashioned way of first installing the distribution and then seeing/feeling it.
The installation is similar to Slackware installation: with the options named more realistically/humorously. It is really nice to see the kind of innovation in the installer option table.
The installation automatically selects the swap partition (if available) and prompts for root partition. The best part of installation is the graphics drivers: my machine has an nvidia card, which was correctly detected by the installer, and the required proprietary drives were installed during the installation. Vector Linux has really stepped forward in terms of usability.
In the later part of the installation, user can configure different aspects of the new Vector Linux machine.
Previous releases of Vector Linux had big icons and window borders; which some might consider distasteful. But with this release that has changed; brand new aesthetically pleasing & sleek icons and windows borders are here. The look and feel has greatly changed and it's impressive. Dejavu fonts are still missing from an otherwise great default theme.
One thing that I do not like is XFCE mimicking the look & feel of other desktop environments. Here the default settings make it look more like KDE than like XFCE
Vector Linux contains a lot of applications, specially targeted at low-end machines. Open Office is missing, which I think is a necessity for all Linux distribution. Open Office is not so much resource hungry, that it should be omitted from distributions targeted at low-end manchines. In place of Open Office, Abiword and Gnumeric are present as office applications.
The default browser is SeaMonkey(Mozilla re-incarnated), but still Firefox is available for ardent fans. Mousepad and MEdit are the editors of choice for Vector Linux. BlueFish editor is available for development. Couple of nice games, including chromium, are available.
Acrobat Reader & Flash Player are installed by default, making a great OOBE (out of box experience). Gsplat is available for additional package installation.
Vector Linux has its own control center in the form of VASM. Its short and sweet; contains wizards for almost all the regular chores.
Mplayer, Xine & XMMS, along with the required codecs, are installed by default. So the user can simply insert a DVD and start watching the same. WMV & MP3 files are played without a glitch.
Neither Beryl nor Compiz is installed by default. But XFCE has his own window compositor and gives really nice effects like shading and fading.
Vector Linux is a mature distribution, it is time for Vector Linux to think about the 64 bit version as well.
Vector Linux is a really great distribution, and with this release the rough edges have been removed. Its stable, fast, looks good and has an OOBE that is second to none in the arena. It is highly recommended for both newbies and experts alike.