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Vector Linux

PostPosted: 25. Aug 2017, 03:34
by AlYuSed
What you can say about it? This is an attempt to make Ubuntu from the Slackware? They even offer it as a commercial product. Presumably, it's pretty well refined and polished. Apparently, Vector Linux 7.2 will be released soon (beta, RC1, RC2 and RC3 came out monthly, from May to August). So I think, should I look at it? Has anyone here used it?

Re: Vector Linux

PostPosted: 25. Aug 2017, 07:12
by DidierSpaier
Well this Slackware derivative exists since a long time. I have played with it a few minutes some time ago but I can't say much about it, although I have contacted the team for a possible cooperation a few years ago. But hey said that internally they have now diverged from Slackware.

I see here: ftp://ftp-osl.osuosl.org/pub/vectorlinu ... o-release/ that they just released a V 7.2, though they didn't announce it. I am downloading it now, just out of curiosity.

In case you didn't came across this feature, distrowatch.com can list all Slackware derivatives they have registered:
http://distrowatch.com/search.php?ostyp ... ive#simple

Slint is not listed, I will have to request its inclusion on the waiting list :mrgreen:

TLDR: Try it and make your own opinion.

Re: Vector Linux

PostPosted: 25. Aug 2017, 11:57
by AlYuSed
DidierSpaier wrote:But hey said that internally they have now diverged from Slackware.


Apostates! On fire them!

I see here: ftp://ftp-osl.osuosl.org/pub/vectorlinu ... o-release/ that they just released a V 7.2, though they didn't announce it. I am downloading it now, just out of curiosity.


Then tell about your experiences?

In case you didn't came across this feature, distrowatch.com can list all Slackware derivatives they have registered:


Yes, I know, a lot of times came to this website in a period of distro-hopping. :)

TLDR: Try it and make your own opinion.


I spent a lot of time. I made my choice and will change it only if, for example, Vector Linux has some killer feature. I don't even know what it could be. May be, if it is carefully licked and have easy virtualization. However, this does not mean anything special. Alt Linux Workstation is corporate distro with preinstalled QEMU, but I do not really like it.

Re: Vector Linux

PostPosted: 25. Aug 2017, 14:38
by maximus
AlYuSed wrote:if it is carefully licked and have easy virtualization


You have that right here ;)

Re: Vector Linux

PostPosted: 25. Aug 2017, 15:23
by AlYuSed
maximus wrote:
AlYuSed wrote:if it is carefully licked and have easy virtualization


You have that right here ;)


In this case, I will look at it.

Re: Vector Linux

PostPosted: 25. Aug 2017, 15:28
by djemos
There are a lot of Slackware derivatives out there. Only Salix is real open source. It is the only one which has in public in git the source code of the scripts needed to build the Salix installation and live isos as also all the code of salix-tools and other software developed in house. This is the big difference with other distributions. Of course Slint and Slackel also have the source in public for everyone. Another pros is the friendly community which provide help to everyone.
This is the reason to choose a distribution besides stability, artwork, speed easy of use.

Re: Vector Linux

PostPosted: 25. Aug 2017, 15:50
by AlYuSed
djemos wrote:This is the reason to choose a distribution besides stability, artwork, speed easy of use.


You are right, I have nothing bad to say about the this community. Really helped me with patience, even though I asked a stupid question. Besides I like Salix, I'll try to arrange it to my taste (has already started to do). I looked up information about Vector Linux in russian segment of Internet, and I did not like it much. Translated by Google:

But the set of applications is very peculiar. The fact that OpenOffice.org and SeaMonkey (the successor to the integrated Mozilla) are used by default as the office suite and browser, instead of the corresponding KDE applications, you can understand: the idea of ​​insufficient functionality of the latter is very widespread. It is more difficult to understand the motivations of developers who included a large number of Gtk-applications in the distribution, including those that are conclusively inferior to their KDE-analogues. For example, the existing in the distribution of Bluefish to the possibilities of Quanta is far from reaching.

The abundance of duplicating programs is striking. So, from browsers, except for SeaMonkey, there is not only konqueror, which is understandable - it is an integral part of KDE, - but also FireFox. As part of the main menu, I counted three instant messaging clients (IM), three raster image viewers, three programs for working with digital cameras, two IRC clients. And to recount audio and media players is banal too lazy - the impression is that they are there all collected. In general, for light and compact, according to the developers declaration, the distribution package, duplicating applications is clearly in excess. Willy-nilly comes to mind ZenWalk, rigidly staffed by the principle: one task - one program ...

Re: Vector Linux

PostPosted: 25. Aug 2017, 21:05
by DidierSpaier
Well, I just started it in a VirtualBox VM. They have a graphical installer but I am stuck at some step so I won't waste more time trying it. I also mounted the ISO to look inside. There is no EFI able bootloader, thus no way to install it on an NVMe drive, for instance. The information files at the root of the ISO are several versions behind. I have extracted the list of packages from the file PACKAGES.TXT. As I can't attach it to this post I have uploaded it here. That's all I can say.

PS I have answered your question in the Russian forum.

Re: Vector Linux

PostPosted: 29. Aug 2017, 08:12
by Papasot
DidierSpaier wrote:Well, I just started it in a VirtualBox VM. They have a graphical installer but I am stuck at some step so I won't waste more time trying it. I also mounted the ISO to look inside. There is no EFI able bootloader, thus no way to install it on an NVMe drive, for instance. The information files at the root of the ISO are several versions behind. I have extracted the list of packages from the file PACKAGES.TXT. As I can't attach it to this post I have uploaded it here. That's all I can say.

I second that. It seems to be one distribution behind (not updated the last two years?).