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VectorLinux 7.0 SOHO Edition

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The team leader Robert Lange announced the release of Vector Linux 7.0 SOHO Edition, the KDE version of our favorite distro. This document shares some highlights and details, most of them in the Desktop side since this release shares a base with the Standard Edition.

Features and Applications


Desktop

Vector 7 ships the KDE desktop, beautiful, user friendly and modern environment. With 4.8, KDE brings major updates to Plasma Workspaces and Applications. Dolphin file manager has been optimized for speed, and the mobile guys will enjoy a redesign of the Power Manager System Settings application.

Hardware support

The VL team included as many drivers as possible, supporting a wide range of wireless devices, video cards, webcams, and other devices right after installation.

Multimedia

As usual, DVD playback is supported out of the box and all the codecs are already included. Xine, MPlayer, UMPlayer, VLC, Xine and Amarok are part of the menu.

Office

The office application suite is handled by the latest LibreOffice.

Internet and Networking

Following a well known tradition, Firefox and Opera are included with Flash support. Pidgin is the messenger client of choice.

Graphics

The Graphics menu includes the excellent Gimp in its new version for image editing, Inkscape for vector drawing and Shotwell for photo management. Scribus offers excelent publishing capabilities.

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. For this release, we built the biggest repository since Vector is around.

Vasm 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 and more.

Technical Profile

Kernel and drivers

  • Linux Kernel: 3.2.6

Development

  • Bash: 4.1.010
  • Perl: 5.12.3
  • Python: 2.7.2
  • Sed: 4.2.1
  • Lua: 5.1.4

Core Libraries and Applications

  • Xorg: 7.4
  • Xorg-server: 1.9.5
  • Glibc: 2.13
  • Gcc: 4.5.2
  • Make: 3.8.2
  • Gtk+: 2.24.1
  • Qt: 4.7.0
  • Mesa: 7.10.2
  • Udev: 165

Hardware Requirements

  • Cpu: Pentium 3 or equivalent or higher
  • Ram: 128mb or higher
  • Hard Disk: 5.0 GB for a full install with optional packages included
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