This review takes a fairly brief look at Vector Linux SOHO 5.0. In summary, this distribution rocks. It's fast, easy on the eyes, lightweight, complete, and did I mention that it just screams? The next time I reinstall, I am going to install this for sure. Read on...
"VECTORLINUX 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."
Vector Linux is extremely fast. I installed it inside a virtual machine and it boots in about half the time my Ubuntu installation does. Even programs open faster inside the virtual machine than on my host. I find that amazing. Vector Linux comes with all the standard software one would expect, and then includes some items that pleasantly surprised me.
A sampling of what's expected:
- KDE desktop
- Firefox and a host of other internet tools
- Chat clients
- Plethora of office applications including OpenOffice
- An easy to use Package Management Software
- And much more
Now what wasn't expected or at least not included in all the other major distributions (maybe it should be?) is IceWM. IceWM is an extremely lightweight and speedy desktop that doesn't sacrifice anything in terms of style. Sure, it's not quite as pretty as KDE or Gnome but if you're in need for some speed, this should do the trick.
IceWM is included by default on the single ISO freely downloadable distribution (You can order a deluxe version with even more lightweight window managers). Using an administration tool created by Vector, it's very easy to change your default desktop to IceWM and back to KDE.
Either desktop is easy to use, even for beginners. The process of installing Vector Linux is a different story. While it's no great obstacle for the experienced OS installer, newbies may be frightened away by the lack of a GUI installer. The minimalistic installer has its advantages however and they lay in its speed. I don't think I've ever installed an OS this fast, and that's right in line with what makes Vector Linux so special: Speed.
I don't want to ramble on in these reviews. Every review I read these days is the same. I highlighted what makes Vector Linux stand out and that's what's important. You can click below for an extensive screenshot gallery:
For a more in-depth review, see MadPenguin's review at:
I like Vector and am definitely going to consider it as my next distribution. For now though, I'm sticking with what I have as I am trying not to reinstall every 3 weeks