VectorLinux 5.8 RC3 STD review

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Vector Linux is a small, fast, Linux operating system for Intel, AMD and x86 compatible systems, based on one of the original Linux d

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Developer: Vector Linux Team
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Vector Linux is a small, fast, Linux operating system for Intel, AMD and x86 compatible systems, based on one of the original Linux distributions, Slackware.

The enormously popular Slackware is the true 'Unix' of Linux distributions and is used by major corporations, universities and home users alike. It's popularity stems from the fact that it is a robust, versatile and almost unbreakable system.

Slackware has been traditionally known to be about as user friendly as a coiled rattlesnake and that's where Vector Linux comes into play. We have produced a bloat free, easy to install, configure and maintain Slackware based system that is second to none.

Here are some key features of "Vector Linux":
Kernel version 2.6.7 available in ide or scsi configurations.
Available as a text console system or with optional XFree GUI
XFree-4.3.x is the default X system.
New graphical package manager has been added, vecpkg.
Easy on your system resources, should run fine with a minimum of 32mb of ram
Only reguires 850 megs of disk space for full install (but you should have more available for additional programs and swap space)
Laptop support including pcmcia and apm.
Usb support with hotplugging
Most available Linux hardware drivers are included.
XFCE4, Fluxbox and ICEwm window managers with antialias font support. More available on the deluxe CD.
KDE-3.2.3 and dropline-gnome is available on the deluxe CD version.
Internet ready with Mozilla-1.7, Dillo, Gaim, Xchat and more. Mplayer, flash, acrobat reader and java all available on the deluxe CD.
Abiword a stand alone full featured word processor that imports exports MS word style documents. OpenOffice available on the deluxe CD.
Xview and GQview for viewing, manipulating and editing graphics files
The Gimp a very sophisticated image creation program available on the deluxe CD
XMMS to play most music formats including CD's
A full compliment of GUI programs to handle email, file management, text editing, sound manipulation, file compression, desktop themes and more.
Full development suite with most common libraries, compilers and related tools.
Gcc updated to version 3.2.3.
fully functional ftp server based on proFTPD
PPP setup wizard for easy connection to the net via your modem. Both pppsetup and wvdial available. Update gkdial is now available also.
VI style text editors, mutt for email, lynx text web browsing, Midnight Commander file manager, ncftp, telnet, ping, finger and all the basic networking applications and daemons.
Vim, apache, mysql, Emacs, samba, screen all available on the deluxe CD version.
Added security with a built in gshield firewall, port sentry, openssl and openssh..
Enhanced USB support with hotplugging.
The default file manager (midnight commander) will install uninstall all software packages including rpms, slps, debs, and tgz.

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