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VectorLinux 6.0 Standard Edition

Ten years after the first release, the VectorLinux team announced a new version of the Standard Edition. The 6th generation of the Linux operating system has an installer with Graphical User Interface for the first time, developed by Moises Henriquez (M0E-lnx) and Uel Archuletta (uelsk8s). We have delivered a stable, clean and fast Operating system, that is easy to install, configure, and use.

Features and Applications


Desktop

Xfce 4.4.3 is the main desktop environment, with Lxde and Openbox as options. Xfce provides a nice set of features with an easy to use interface and low resource consumption excellent for Desktops and Laptops. The result is a very responsive system allowing comfortable multitasking even on slower hardware. It will provide quick and easy access to the applications, powerful keyboard short-cuts, a beautiful interface and a highly customizable environment.

Hardware support

This release provides a massive improvement in hardware detection and useage. Most of the Linux drivers for wireless devices are included. Four generations of the Nvidia drivers covering all the Nvidia chipsets, the Ati drivers, ethernet devices, pcmcia, usb including webcams and many more are part of Vector 6.0 Deluxe. We have paid special attention to some of the latest netbooks available on the market. See the Technical Profile for more details.

Multimedia

DVD playback is supported out of the box and all the codecs are already included. VLC, Xine, Mplayer and Xmms will ensure that almost all the audio and video formats can be played. RipperX can encode your Audio CDs, GtkPod can syncronize with your portable player and K3b and Vburn are there for CD and DVD burning.

Office

Abiword for text processing and Gnumeric for spreadsheet can produce high quality documents and they provide support for reading and editing MS Office formats. Xfce4 Calendar, Scribus as a desktop publisher and JPilot to syncronize you hand held device complete the Office menu.

Internet and Networking

Once again, the best applications are included for your Internet experience. Firefox, Opera and Seamonkey as browsers with Flash support, Dillo as a lightweight option; Opera mail and Seamonkey mail for e-mail; aMSN, Chatzilla, X-Chat and Pidgin for instant messaging and IRC. gFtp is the ftp client and Deluge for torrents.

Graphics

The Graphics menu includes the excellent Gimp 2.6 for image editing, Inkscape for vectorial drawing, GQview as image viewer, GTKam for digital cameras and Xpdf as pdf viewer.

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. VLWifi is included for easy wireless configuration. Firestarter will manage the security of your computer. Auto-mounting of removable media can be handled by VL-Hot, a light-weight application developed by the VL team or the traditional HAL.

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Technical Profile

Kernel and drivers

  • Linux Kernel: 2.6.27.12
  • Bootsplash: 3.1.6
  • Tux-on-ice: 3.0
  • Nvidia Driver: 180.22, 173.14.12, 96.43.09, 71.86.07
  • Ati Driver: 8561
  • Alsa Driver: 1.0.19

Development

  • Bash: 3.1.017
  • Perl: 5.10.0
  • Python: 2.5.2
  • Sed: 4.1.5
  • Awk: 3.1.5

Core Libraries and Applications

  • Xorg: 7.3
  • Xorg-server: 1.4.2
  • Glibc: 2.7
  • Gcc: 4.2.3
  • Make: 3.81
  • Gtk+: 2.12.9
  • Qt: 3.3.8b
  • Cairo: 1.6.4
  • Mesa: 7.2
  • Udev: 118
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Deluxe Edition

The 6.0 Deluxe Edition is available from our Store. It is a great opportunity for those wanting to support the VectorLinux development, and also for those needing a professional solution for a medium size Desktop. It is available through a High Speed download from dedicated servers provided by SQI, Inc. or as a CD sent by mail. It can be purchased through PayPal, U.S. personal check or International Money Order.

With your purchase you get the VectorLinux Standard Deluxe Edition Install CD plus a Second CD with Extra software, like KDE 4, E17, OpenOffice, AssaultCube and many others. Special artwork has been made for this Edition also. 14 days of professional support and a VectorLinux Badge are included.

VL Std Dlx 6.0
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Documentation

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Hardware Requirements

  • Cpu: Pentium 3 or equivalent or higher
  • Ram: 128mb or higher
  • Hard Disk: 4.8 GB for a full install with all the optional packages included
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Screenshots

Take a look at the Vector 6 screenshots here.

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