The final release of VLocity Linux 64-7.0 is now available.
The main desktop is based on Xfce-4.8 with a custom theme and artwork unique to us. All the VectorLinux trademarks are included: DVD playback, Audio and Video Codecs, Multimedia and Java plugins are installed and working out of the box. The best of the Open Source world is included: Gimp, Inkscape for Graphics; Firefox, Opera, for Internet Browsing; Pidgin and Xchat for instant messaging; brasero for CD burning; Mplayer, Exaile for playing most available media formats. The office applications are Gnumeric, Abiword and Epdfviewer.
Wireless networking has been extended with updated drivers and firmware, Wicd has been employed to manage wireless and non wireless networking. UFW is included for firewall protection and there is added support for several webcam makes and models.
A special "Thank You" to the testers that helped during the development phase.
- c3b5a842759aac992f68fd8a25512e5b VL64-7.0-STD-FINAL.iso
Bugs and suggestions go here
The final release of VectorLinux 7.0 SOHO is now available. This release is built on the 7.0 GOLD release featuring the recently released KDE4.8.3 desktop experience. VectorLinux is the fastest Linux desktop in it's class bar none. We have spared no expense to bring the KDE4 desktop to the Linux community in a unique fashion that is best tried to see KDE4 at its most awesome potential. With the custom artwork, visual tweaks and a little Vector magic, behold SOHO as you have never seen it before.
All the VectorLinux trademarks are included: DVD playback, Audio and Video Codecs, Multimedia and Java plugins are installed and working out of the box. The best of the Open Source world is included: Gimp, Scribus, Inkscape, Geeqie and Shotwell for Graphics; the latest Firefox and Opera for Internet Browsing; Pidgin and Xchat for instant messaging; K3B for CD burning ; Mplayer, UMplayer, Xine, VLC and Amarok for playing most available media formats. The office application suite is handled by the latest LibreOffice. Xfce4.8 and Fluxbox are also included to round out the desktop choices.
Wireless networking has been extended with updated drivers and firmware. Wicd has been employed to manage wired and wireless networking. Ufw with the Gufw GUI is included for firewall protection. Added support for several web cam makes and models.
The Kernel is version 3.2.6 and there have been improvements in installation, usability and hardware support. We believe this release will fulfill all the hardware requirements of even the most modern equipment.
A special "Thank You" to the testers and packagers that helped during the development phase to make this release a reality. We also have a special first, for any Vector release, a promotional video highlighting all the good in SOHO produced by our very own Stretchendthin from the development team. Please watch and enjoy the video below this post. Thank you to the entire development team for all your hard work and dedication !!!
Vector Linux 7.0 Light is completed and released! Thank you to all the developers, testers and contributors who made this possible.
The term "Light" is relative. This 4-in-1 version gives you the choice of several window managers, in progressively heavier configurations. These are layered on top of the VL 7.0 Standard base, so the expected libraries, toolkits, compilers and codecs remain available.
For those who want a starting point for their own customized desktop, there is the "Barebone" option. It is managed by the super-lightweight JWM, without much fluff. Netsurf, a small and speedy web browser, gives you access to the power of the Internet. Use the included build tools and package manager to download and install the programs of your choice. This configuration has been tested on a Pentium 3 with 128 MB of memory.
The next level up is "Light". If you have used VL6 Light, you will find it very familiar. IceWM and PCManFM-mod power the desktop without consuming a lot of resources. The window manager is "all manual", with extensive options for customization. Indicative of the lightweight applications included are Midori (web browser), Sylpheed (email), flburn (cdrom burning) and wicd (network management). Dynamic mounting of removable drives is accomplished using udev (no hal). This setup works well with 256 MB of RAM.
For more powerful computers, the "Medium" option is a good choice. This gives you the Openbox window manager, fbpanel with a dynamic menu, and PCManFM to handle the desktop and file management. Full size applications include Firefox 11, Abiword and Gnumeric. Samba is installed for those who need to share files with Windows computers. We recommend a 1 GHz or better CPU and 512 MB of RAM for this option.
At the high end you get the full LXDE software suite, on top of everything in "Medium". This desktop environment keeps up with the times, while maintaining a user interface that many of us have grown accustomed to over the years.
Known issues and recommendations: The text installer is showing its age. You will see some warning messages flash by as you install. These are safe to ignore. It may appear to stall at 99%, that last percent includes configuration scripts and takes a while. Watch the hdd light for activity.
The auto-configuration of X is very good. Try running without an xorg.conf. If you need a manual setup on a laptop, you may get better results with the standard mouse driver, rather than choosing "enable touchpad".
- md5sum: 8dda595365e1c9e244fc1c54b86ba0a6
The Vector development crew is proud to announce the first release candidate of VectorLinux 7.0. There have been numerous changes since the beta 2.1 release. The kernel is version 220.127.116.11, glibc is 2.13 and everything else is up to date with Slackware-13.37. We have the new xfce-4.8.1 with glx-dock (previously cairo-dock), latest abiword, gnumeric, scribus, inkscape, shotwell and a vast array of other programs in all categories at their latest stable versions.
We have squashed major bugs that occurred during the second beta cycle, which includes updates to the kernel, firmware, vasm, gdm, vector artwork, consolekit and some minor theme changes. We have added the ability to build archlinux packages in slackware format in both the abs and aur with a special script unigue to VectorLinux. We also added over 500 packages to the Vector 7 repository including latest kde4, gnome-2.3, lxde, and E17. Please give this a try and report problems or bugs to our forum site. There is now available a live cd version of the latest VectorLinux 7 release for those that want to try before you buy.
You can download the VectorLinux-7.0-RC1 iso from our official servers here:
The live RC1 Vector CD is here:
Cheers!! Vec7 and all the crew.
please post bugs and comments here: http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=13727.0
The VectorLinux development crew is proud to announce the release of VectorLinux-6.0-SOHO-Deluxe.
The SOHO DELUXE release is based on the KDE-4.5.0 plasma desktop and latest xfce4 as a secondary desktop.Updates from the public release include KDE-4.5.0, Digikam-1.4.0, the gimp-2.6.10, k3b-2.0, scribus, OpenOffice, amarok 2.3.1, kmymoney, gnucash and additional games and system updates. Kernel version is 18.104.22.168 which adds new wireless network possibilities. There have been speed and stability improvements. The GUI installer has seen futher refinements and is the default installer. Support has been added for a wider range of graphic chipsets and both lilo and grub2 bootloaders. The latest versions of Firefox, Opera and SeaMonkey browsers are also included. X.org updated to version 7.4 to expand the useable hardware base for SOHO.
SOHO Includes out of the box multimedia support so that all of the popular formats play without the need for searching for third party downloads.There is a new set of custom graphics from the bootsplash to the wallpaper provided by our own artist extraordinaire Masta.
The Deluxe version is available as a high speed download two CD set, or as a packaged two CD set that is shipped to your mailbox. This is your chance to support VectorLinux in a financial fashion that shows your appreciation for the endless hours of hard work the developement team has put in to bring you another great release. You can order the packaged set or download versions from the Vectorlinux website. We hope you enjoy our labor of love and thank you for your support.
Cheers!! the VectorLinux team
The Vector Linux team is happy to announce the release of VL6.0 KDE-Classic-Live.
KDE 3 veterans will appreciate that this release retains the solid KDE 3.5.10. There are many updates compared to the original, install only release. The Live-installer has been improved. Live mode makes it simple to test compatibility with your hardware before committing to a permanent installation.
KDE-Classic is configured with full web and multimedia capabilities out of the box. Firefox has all the plugins that Vector Linux users are used to; Flash 10, Mplayer and Java. Further functionality from VLC and Xine ensures that you will be able to handle all common audio and video formats. Amarok is ready for your music collection. The King of CD/DVD burning, K3b, is also included.
When installed to your hard drive, the system is easily expanded using Gslapt. You will be able to download and install a large number of additional programs available from our package repository.
Get your copy here:
- Md5: eb3dc540d08a263c637e785092f679a9
The most accurate and flexible method for configuring video is "Probe for video", which will use vxconf to walk you through the process.
Changes made in the live environment transfer to installed system. You can delete the "vl" user account and create a new one during installation.
The Live CD uses blank passwords. Make sure to assign passwords during hard drive installation. Otherwise, certain programs like cups and samba may experience problems.
Due to space constraints, large programs like OpenOffice are not included on the disc. Install via gslapt.Before installing vlnvidia or vlati, download and install the kernel sources.
Unlike VL Light Live, the Live-tools will not be available after install. Those who want to re-master their own version will need to install that package afterwards.
The usual Vector Linux tools are included to help you manage your system. Look for "VASMCC" on the menu under "System", or run "vasm" in a terminal.
The VectorLinux crew is proud to announce the final release of VL6.0-KDE-CLASSIC. This release is not about bleeding edge technology. On the other hand, it is not about nostalgia either. KDE 3.5.10 gets the job done. It is a mature and solid product with a large user base. Many of us are comfortable with it, and are not yet ready to leave it behind. We thought it only right to make a robust system with KDE 3.5.10 at the helm.
The classic text installer will quickly have you up and running with the expected KDE tools. The Koffice suite is fast and suitable for everyday word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. Multimedia capabilities have been enhanced with the inclusion of VLC Media Player, Xine and the Mplayer application and plugin. For Internet usage, Firefox is the default browser. The Pidgin multi-protocol Instant Messenger is an optional install. Web cameras are supported. Wireless networking is easily configured using Wicd. Dial-up is handled by the Chestnut dialer. The KDE game collection provides entertainment for the young and the young at heart.
After installation, your system is easily managed and extended using the VASM Control Center and the Gslapt Package Manager.
Download your copy here:
- md5sum: 67cb1719b7c372859cba857a94c10c3d
Feedback is welcomed in this thread:
The Vector Linux team is happy to announce Vector Linux 6.0 Light LIVE.
This version is intended as a preview of the traditional installable release. It closely mirrors the original VL Light, but some packages have been added or upgraded, including the 22.214.171.124 kernel.
This is a great way to test Vector before committing to a hard drive install.
For us who already use it, our favorite OS is now portable. Another practical use is as a live toolbox for troubleshooting and/or repair.
There is a boot option for using as a rescue disc for a previously installed system. Re-mastering VL Live has been made easy for those who want their very own, personalized version.
Download your copy here:
- md5sum: 25de906155b9e8464ca82afa7efe34cb
The password for both "root" and the "vl" account is: vector
Feedback is welcome in this thread:
A big "Thank You" to all involved in the making of this release.
The VectorLinux team is pleased to announce the final release of VL6.0 Light.
Find it here:
- md5sum 770b8789100a8097f3d200561205c0bb
Light is aimed at users with some Linux experience. It is biased towards technical simplicity and high performance. Based on VL6.0 Standard, the most resource hungry applications have been removed or replaced with lighter alternatives. Running services are kept to a minimum.
Default user interface is IceWM with Pcmanfm as your file and desktop manager. Alternate window manager is JWM. Opera provides a fast and standards-compliant web browser with Flashplayer 10 and Mplayer plugins, as well as e-mail and bittorrent clients. Firefox is also available. For local multimedia playback you will find Xmms, Gmplayer and Xine. Record audio with flrec. Vburn takes care of basic CD burning tasks. The Wicd network manager makes it easy to manage wireless connections. Pidgin Instant Messenger works with IRC, AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Google talk and several other services. The ultra-light Siag Office provides basic word processing and spreadsheet functionality. Graphics are handled by Gqview, Xpdf and Mtpaint. Additional programs include Xarchiver, Leafpad, Ripperx, Xchat, Gftp, Dillo, HV3 and the Fox applications. You can choose between the GDM or KDM login managers. GDM has the advantage of offering easy localization for non-English users. Default auto-mounter for removable devices is vl-hot.
An optional "dev" package makes it a complete Linux workstation which includes a full development environment for programming and compiling code. Full kernel sources are also included. Alongside a huge array of typical Linux command line utilities and software you get scripting languages, man pages, documentation and a complete console based on bash. Multiple toolkits are installed, supporting a wide variety of applications. The system can be further expanded using the package manager or your own packages.
It is recommended that your system meets these requirements: Pentium 200 or better compatible processor (i586 and up). 64 MB of memory - but 128 MB will greatly improve performance. Hard disk space: 2 GB for an install with X-window system, Internet and multimedia applications. 3 GB for "everything". Absolute minimum is 1.1 GB.
The 617 MB CD Image is created using low compression, which greatly speeds up the installation on slower machines. The disc contains boot floppy images for computers that are unable to boot from a CDROM drive.
After you try VectorLinux Light, please come back and post your feedback at the VL Forum.
It's testing time again. Light Beta 3 is here:
- VectorLinux Light Edition ISO
- md5sum 07384698e769f76148b8aa60503e5e54
To create a version suitable for older/slower computers, the Vector team started with VL6.0 Standard Gold and replaced XFCE/LXDE with IceWM/JWM. The most resource hungry applications were removed, and where feasible, replaced with lighter alternatives. Running services are kept to a minimum. ISO image file has been re-done with less compression that can be handled by lower spec machines. Download is 615 MB and a full install consumes 2.6 GB of hard drive space.
Light is biased towards simplicity and performance, but you get a complete and capable system. It can easily be expanded using the gslapt package manager or by compiling your own applications. Package selection includes Pcmanfm 0.5 as your file and desktop manager. Opera provides a fast and standards compliant web browser with Flashplayer 10 and Mplayer plugins, as well as e-mail and bittorrent clients. Firefox is also available. For local multimedia playback you will find Xmms, Gmplayer and Xine. Vburn takes care of basic CD burning tasks. The Wicd network manager makes it easy to manage wireless connections. Pidgin Instant Messenger works with IRC, AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Google talk and several other services. The ultra-light Siag Office provides basic word processing and spreadsheet functionality. Graphics are handled by Gqview, Xpdf and Mtpaint. Additional programs include Xarchiver, Leafpad, Ripperx, Xchat, Gftp, Dillo, HV3 and the Fox applications. You can choose between the GDM or KDM login managers. GDM has the advantage of offering easy localization for non-English users. Default auto-mounter for removable devices is vl-hot.
Fearless volunteers are encouraged to give this one a torture test and report their findings here:VectorLinux Forum
Removed XFCE and LXDE bulk packages
Added optional bulks siag-office, windows-networking and icewm
Removed packages vlati, vlnvidia, PySolFC, penguin-command, xgalaga, amsn, seamonkey, xchat, jpilot, scribus, catfish, firestarter, kdelibs, bluefish, gambas2, deluge, gimp, gphoto2, inkscape, k3b, medit
Made wicd optional
Made cups optional
Made gdm optional
Added optional kdm-small
Modified X11 bulk:
Upgraded: libgphoto2-2.4.3-i586-1vl60 to libgphoto2-2.4.4-i586-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: UltimateGnome-1.0-noarch-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: aumix-2.8-i486-1.tlz
Installed new: gtk-theme-switch-ex-2.0.0-i586-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: hv3-nightly_08_0203-i586-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: icewm-1.2.35-i586-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: icewmvmods-0.1-noarch-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: jwm-2.0.1-i586-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: leafpad-0.8.14-i586-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: pcmanfm-0.5-i586-2vl60.tlz
Installed new: ripperX-2.6.7-i586-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: vburn-0.7.1-noarch-2vl60.tlz
Installed new: xine-lib-126.96.36.199-i686-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: xine-ui-0.99.5-i686-1.tlz
Upgraded: arts-1.5.9-i586-1vl60 to arts-1.5.9-i486-2.tlz
Upgraded: libpng-1.2.29-i586-1vl60 to libpng-1.2.35-i586-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: mtpaint-3.30-i586-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: gtkfind-1.1-i586-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: xscreensaver-5.05-i486-1.tlz
Installed new: gksu-1.0.7-i586-1vl59.tlz
Installed new: vburn-0.7.1-noarch-1vl60.tlz
Modified veclinux bulk:
Installed new: hal-0.5.10-i486-2.tlz
Installed new: hdparm-9.10-i586-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: netkit-ftp-0.17-i486-1.tlz
Installed new: openrdate-1.2-i586-1vl60.tlz
Modified vlconfig2 bulk:
Installed new: sbbuilder-0.4.12-noarch-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: cdtool-2.1.8-i386-1.tlz
Globally deleted numerous files related to removed packages.
Re-compressed bulks with lzma -2
The final release of VectorLinux 6.0 (code name 'Voyager') is now available. This release is a major milestone in the ten year history of Vectorlinux. With the unbridled enthusiasm of a community gone wild, we have forged our very own stable GUI installer and our repository now hosts over a thousand packages. VectorLinux is the fastest Linux desktop in it's class. We have exceeded our original goals of VectorLinux 6.0 and produced a beautiful, full featured stable desktop for a rocket fueled experience.
The main desktop is based on Xfce-4.4.3 with a custom theme and artwork again unique to VectorLinux. LXDE is installed as a secondary desktop option. Much work has been done on localization and we know users from all over the globe will find VectorLinux a stellar experience.
All the VectorLinux trademarks are included: DVD playback, Audio and Video Codecs, Multimedia and Java plugins are installed and working out of the box. The best of the Open Source world is included: Gimp, Inkscape, Gtkam, Gqview and Xpdf for Graphics; Firefox, Opera, Dillo and Seamonkey for Internet Browsing; aMsn, Pidgin and Xchat for instant messaging; K3b and our very own vburn for CD burning; Mplayer, XMMS, Xine and VLC for playing most available media formats. The office applications are Gnumeric, Abiword and Scribus.
Wireless networking has been extended with updated drivers and firmware, Wicd has been employed to manage wireless and non wireless networking. Firestarter is included for firewall protection and there is added support for several webcam makes and models.
With all the improvements in installation, usability and hardware Support, we believe this release will finally give Vectorlinux the desktop recognition it deserves.
The Deluxe version, that includes extras like KDE-4.2, E17, OpenOffice, Skype, Realplayer, Playonlinux and Assaultcube for the gamers is available for high speed download or shipping. The Deluxe version has special graphics and themes that make it even more gorgeous than the Standard version. There is also a beautiful set of unique stick on Vector PC badges included with the shipping version. Order a copy today support the work we do and give yourself a delightful computing experience.
A special "Thank You" to the testers that helped during the development phase, especially with the installer and the language translations.
The VectorLinux team has released the fourth and we hope final release candidate of VectorLinux 6.0. There were more issues then we anticipated and some major upgrades to key programs that we feel requires another RC before we can feel comfortable with a final release. With any luck there should be no more RC releases.
This release builds on the previous release candidate with a all new 188.8.131.52 kernel and the new alsa sound release 1.0.19 that insures functionality for many of the new netbooks and fixes a ton of problems with the intel-hda sound module. The gui installer has been further tweaked with more bug fixes that address some smaller problems. More hardware related issues that were reported in the last release have been fixed. There have been security related updates to critical packages such as openssl, ntfs-3g and a few others. We have included 4 versions of nvidia drivers that should cover all generations of video chipsets. There were some minor tweaks to the graphics and some new packages were added. Internationalization and localization have been improved with additional fonts and bug fixes. We hope everyone will give this a test drive and report any problems/bugs back to our forum development area.
Thank You, Vector and the "A Team"
The iso and md5sum are here:
Please report bugs here:
The latest version of Xine-lib is available for VectorLinux 5.9 and 6.0 fixing bugs and minor security issues.
- Package: xine-lib-184.108.40.206-i686-1vl60.tlz
- MD5: 972117ab199d6e318bcf091e747844a6
- Package Size: 2797K
- Installed Size: 7770K
- Sources: xine-lib
- Package: xine-lib-220.127.116.11-i686-1vl59.tlz
- MD5: 10462df505f55aeef8baa8aca83769d7
- Package Size: 2830K
- Installed Size: 7700K
- Sources: xine-lib
xine-lib (a high quality multi-media plaback library)
xine-lib is a free, high-performance multimedia playback engine. The xine share libraries are used by xine-ui and a number of other front end pckages to provide high quality video and audio playback from source including DVDs, VCDs and streaming sources
Author: Siegfried Langauf
The VectorLinux development team is proud to announce the first release candidate of VectorLinux 6.0. This release is the result of the excellent bug reporting feedback from members of our community and beyond. We have tried to squash most of the bugs reported and add some additional polish to the default theme and the gui installer. The gui installer has gone through many rewrites since the beta2 release. We think you will find many improvements both in design and execution. We are still looking for feedback as the installer progresses towards our final release. We have updated several software packages and have added the all new slapt-get notifier which automatically notifies the user via a tray icon that software updates are available. The browser plugins have been updated to the latest flash 10 and mplayerplug-in. Firefox, Opera, Seamonkey, Gftp, Pidgin and our own Vl-hot have all been updated since the beta2 release. We are another step closer to final!
The big news is Vector has a new gui installer for the first time! This was built from the ground up and not a rehash of any of the other gui installers used by other distro's. This release features the 18.104.22.168 kernel with the latest wireless drivers and firmware updates. The default Window manager is Xfce4 with LXDE as alternate. We have the latest Firefox, Opera and Seamonkey with all the media codecs and flash so all the web and personal media content is available out of the box. For light office work you will find Abiword and Gnumeric. For heavy duty work, OpenOffice is available as a download from our ever expanding repo. We have added jpilot for those of you with handhelds. The included multimedia applications are the latest Mplayer, Xine, K3b and vlc. We have some of the all time favorite games including Penguin command, Pysol and Xgalaga and many more available in our repo. The latest stable Perl 5.10 has also been added. We hope you enjoy our latest labor of love. Please let us know of any bugs you encounter or just general feedback by posting in our web forum.
The iso and md5sum are here:
Please report bugs and comments here:
The VectorLinux development team is proud to announce the Second beta release of VectorLinux 6.0. We have worked hard to debug the first beta release based on reported bugs, and we have also refined the look and feel with a brand new theme.The gui installer is just about there, more feedback is welcome with this release. We have added several software packages to make this a complete release. We are on our way to final!
The big news is Vector has a new gui installer for the first time! This was built from the ground up and not a rehash of any of the other gui installers used by other distro's. This release features the 22.214.171.124 kernel with the latest wireless drivers and firmware updates. The default Window manager is Xfce4 with LXDE as alternate. We have the latest Firefox, Opera and Seamonkey with all the media codecs and flash so all the web and personal media content is available out of the box. For light office work you will find Abiword and Gnumeric. For heavy duty work, OpenOffice is available as a download from our ever expanding repo. We have added jpilot for those of you with handhelds. The included multimedia applications are the latest Mplayer, Xine, K3b and vlc. We have some of the all time favorite games including Penguin command, Pysol and Xgalaga and many more available in our repo. The latest stable Perl 5.10 has also been added.
We hope you enjoy our latest labor of love. Please let us know of any bugs you encounter or just general feedback by posting in our web forum.
The Vector Team
The download links to the iso and md5sum are below.
Forum Bug reports go here:
The first Beta of the next VectorLinux is finally here.
The VectorLinux team is proud to announce the release of VectorLinux 5.9 Light final. Living up to the Vector motto of "When Choice Matters," we give you lots of choices in a small package. JWM and Fluxbox window managers for those who want something very light and basic, and the exciting new lightweight desktop environment, LXDE for those who want more features. You will find XFE and Pcmanfm file managers, Opera, Dillo and Lynx web browsers. Xine, MPlayer, and XMMS handle Multimedia while Abiword and Gnumeric cover basic office tasks. Of course the usual Vector tools are included to make your life easier. We think you will find this very fast and very efficient and a perfect fit to any pc new or old.
Although centered around lightweight applications, the complete underlying Vector base allows you to modify and customize your system to your liking. Additional applications are available through the package manager or by compiling your own applications. Standard command line tools or graphical versions like gslapt and vpackager are at your disposal.
ENJOY!!The VectorLinux team
The latest beta of the new member if the family is here
The preview release for the next Soho Deluxe Edition
The VectorLinux team is proud to announce the release of VectorLinux 5.8 GOLD LIVE CD and the first SOHO-5.8 alpha live CD and DVD. This is the final release for 5.8 standard GOLD live. The hard drive installer that has been problematic is fixed and should work well. The SOHO 5.8 alpha live comes in either CD or DVD versions. The DVD version includes all that is in the SOHO-5.8 install release plus 62 additional language packs for KDE. The CD version has lost some funtionality due to size constraints. The development tool chain and OpenOffice (replaced by Koffice) were removed. However, for demo purposes the CD live version of SOHO-5.8 should work well.
These live CD's demo all that is making the 5.8 Vector release famous like browser plugins, seamonkey firefox and opera, the newest xfce4 desktop, The Gimp and Xara LX, Abiword and Gnumeric, vasm and vl-hot, wireless drivers and configuration tools, support for read and write to ntfs via fuse and ntfs-3g, and lots of fun and games.