Vector Linux is a popular Linux Distro whose motto is “speed, performance, stability”.
Version 6.0 was released in February 2009. Their stated goal is to “Keep it simple, keep it small and let the end user decide.” Having said that, this end user decided to see what was cooking at Vector.
Xfce Desktop – GNOME packages
The modest but pleasant Xfce Desktop is complemented with a nice array of GNOME packages.
The 700 MB ISO download directly from their website http://vectorlinux.com/downloads was fast and without incident.
Vector also offers a deluxe version, which includes installation support and costs $22.99, available for purchase online at their website (Note: We are not associated with Vector in any way).
Vector also comes in a KDE version. The Xfce version reviewed here is targeted at the power user and at users with older hardware looking for a fast Linux that will work without bells and whistles.
There is no live CD, so you’ll have to install Vector Linux to begin testing its capabilities. The installation screens are pretty straight forward for active linux users. First-timers and users new to Linux may find the installation a bit daunting. Vector has been around for about 10 years, and the process is polished, however, it’s roots are in Slackware (A Linux distro for advanced users), and it sometimes shows.
Most of the questions should be familiar to users who have installed Windows, such as configuring your time zone and language. You will have to configure a Linux partition on which to install the OS. There is an automatic configuration option for those who find it too confusing to configure it manually.
Pleasant Desktop, Nice Selection of Installed Apps
Installed internet browsers include Sea Monkey, Opera, and Firefox.
Open Office is not installed on the basic version (it is included in the Deluxe edition). Instead you’ll have Gnumeric Spreadsheet, Abiword, and Calendar.
Multimedia includes the great VLC player, Mplayer, Xine, XMMS, and others.
Configure your system with the VASM Control Center.
Gallery of Screenshots