VectorLinux is a fast, light-weight Linux distribution with hand picked, well
integrated software that is designed to work well on older hardware, and
positively flies on modern computers. For your convenience it comes in four
"editions" or flavors.
Powerful + Full Featured + Extras
VectorLinux Deluxe Edition:
This edition is available as a mail order CD and purchased High Speed
Downloads, containing our standard edition plus numerous additional
applications specific to that VL version. The CD includes lot of extra
applications which you can add at will to build the system which best
fits your requirements. Additional included applications are KDE,
OpenOffice and E17 amongst many others.
This edition would suit those without high-speed Internet connections
and/or those who would like to help contribute to the VectorLinux community.
Fast + Powerful + Modern
VectorLinux Standard Edition:
This is our foundation edition - a freely downloadable distribution, which
includes best of breed applications for every task and is specifically
designed for use on older computers with slower processors and less RAM,
or for those who appreciate bloat-free distributions. Features include the
fast Xfce desktop environment, multimedia, email, web browsing, word
processing, spreadsheets, and networking applications. It forms the stable
base of our other editions and is ideally suited for an Internet
Go to download page
Productivity + KDE + OpenOffice
VectorLinux SOHO Edition:
The SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) Edition maintains the VectorLinux
philosophy of speed and stability, but is designed for modern computers and
is based around the KDE desktop environment. Applications include OpenOffice,
Java, the Gimp, Xsane, CUPS, and many others. Everything is pre-installed and
tweaked for maximum performance and ease of use. Vectorlinux 6.0 SOHO Edition
is the latest release and the Deluxe version is available now.
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Small + Stable + Configurable
VectorLinux Light Edition:
The Light Edition maintains the VectorLinux philosophy of speed and
stability, but is designed for older computers, for those with hard disk
space concerns, for those who are not easily able to download a full 700MB
ISO, or for those who appreciate bloat-free, fast computing. It is based
upon the lightweight and fast JWM and Fluxbox window managers. It is
supplied with Opera as the browser/email/chat client and also includes
some of the applications found in our Standard Edition. This distro edition
is usable on computers with only 64MB of RAM.
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Vector + Portable
VectorLinux LIVE Editions:
The LIVE Editions are bootable CDROM's which contain the entire
VectorLinux operating system on the CD. This enables the user to test a
distribution on their system without the need of re-partitioning and
installing to the hard drive. They also enable the user to use their
favorite operating system on any computer, without affecting the computer
for future users. If you desire you can actually also install the LIVE
Editions to your hard drive, but it is recommended you choose our Standard
or SOHO Edition instead if you wish to do this.
VectorLinux presently has two Live Editions: Standard and SOHO. The latest
edition is a Preview of the Deluxe Edition.
Standard Live CD download page.
SOHO Live CD download page.
Pentium 200 or better, 96MB RAM, 2.1GB hard drive space for system only,
more for your data.
Pentium 750 or better, 512MB RAM minimum, 5GB hard drive space for system
only, more for your data, video and monitor capable of 1024x768 resolution
at 24 bits color.
Pentium 166 or better, 64MB RAM minimum, 1.8GB hard drive space for full
system - more for your data.
Pentium 750 or better, 256MB RAM minimum, video and monitor capable of
1024x768 resolution at 24 bits colour. For the Beryl version you will need
a modern video card.
Comparative Table for Older Versions:
For more information, there is a comparative table of features and hardware
requirements for our older versions