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VectorLinux 6.0 SOHO Edition

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The team leader Robert Lange announced the release of Vector Linux 6.0 SOHO Edition, the small office or home office flavour of our favorite distro. This document shares some highlights and details.

Features and Applications


Desktop

The SOHO final release is based on KDE-4.4.2 desktop. KDE in it's 4th. big release provides a beautiful desktop and a renovated interface for the Linux operating system. As usual, many applications have been added delivering a complete system ready to use.

Hardware support

Following the line started in the Standard Edition, the VL team included as many drivers as possible, supporting a wide range of wireless devices, Nvidia and Ati cards and webcams.

Multimedia

Almost our trademark, DVD playback is supported out of the box and all the codecs are already included. KDE4 provides an enhanced multimedia experience with a compact set of applications well integrated with the desktop environment like the awarded Amarok.

Office

We included Open Office, the well known office suite that allows the creation of high quality documents in several formats. You can find Koffice, Okular and Scribus in the menu as well.

Internet and Networking

Following a well known tradition, Firefox, Opera and Seamonkey are included with Flash support. Konqueror, Kopete, Ktorrent are also part of the system.

Graphics

The Graphics menu includes the excellent Gimp 2.6 for image editing, Inkscape for vectorial drawing, Okular as viewer and DigiKam for digital cameras.

Package Manager and System administration

Slapt-get and Gslapt makes the installation of extra software easy and painless. You will benefit from the Vector Linux Extra repository to suit all your needs and enhance your computing experience. Gslapt puts Office tools, Games, Networking applications, Command Line tools and more one click away from your computer.

Vasm and VasmCC will make the administration of your system very straight-forward. You can configure your network, mount additional media at boot time, share files with your network using Avahi, Samba or NFS.

Technical Profile

Kernel and drivers

  • Linux Kernel: 2.6.31.11
  • Nvidia Driver: 180.22, 173.14.12,96.43.15, 71.86.07
  • Ati Driver: 8561

Development

  • Bash: 3.1.017
  • Perl: 5.10.0
  • Python: 2.6.4
  • Sed: 4.1.5
  • Awk: 3.1.5
  • Lua: 5.1.4

Core Libraries and Applications

  • Xorg: 7.4
  • Xorg-server: 1.6.3
  • Glibc: 2.7
  • Gcc: 4.4.3
  • Make: 3.81
  • Gtk+: 2.18.7
  • Qt: 4.6.1
  • Cairo: 1.8.10
  • Mesa: 7.5
  • Udev: 141

Deluxe Edition

DELUXE SOHO release will be available for purchase in about 10 days to allow for any last minute bug fixes that may show from our public release. The DELUXE version will be available as a high speed download or as a packaged two CD set via snail mail. You can preorder the packaged set from the order links on the website. We will announce the DELUXE release on our forum and website so stay tuned.

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Hardware Requirements

  • Cpu: Pentium 3 or equivalent or higher
  • Ram: 512mb or higher
  • Hard Disk: 5.0 GB for a full install with optional packages included
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