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VectorLinux

Last Update: 2019-04-11 06:22 UTC


VectorLinux is a small, fast, Intel based Linux operating system for PC style computers. The creators of VectorLinux had a single credo: keep it simple, keep it small and let the end user decide what their operating system is going to be. What has evolved from this concept is perhaps the best little Linux operating system available anywhere. For the casual computer user there is a lightening-fast desktop with graphical programs to handle daily activities from web surfing, sending and receiving email, chatting on IRC to running an FTP server. The power user will be pleased because all the tools are there to compile programs, use the system as a server or perhaps the gateway for home or office computer network. Administrators will be equally pleased because of the small size and memory requirements, so the operating system can be deployed on older machines that have long been forgotten.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 95 (127), 6 months: 97 (135), 3 months: 88 (136), 4 weeks: 84 (133), 1 week: 79 (134)

Average visitor rating: 8/10 from 11 review(s).


Vector Summary
Distribution VectorLinux
Home Page http://www.vectorlinux.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://www.vectorlinux.com/forum2/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://vector.ecosq.com/ic/HowTos
Screenshots http://vectorlinux.com/screenshotsDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://vectorlinux.com/downloads
Bug Tracker --
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2016-07-03: Development Release: VectorLinux 7.2 Beta 1
 • 2015-07-28: Distribution Release: VectorLinux 7.1 "Light"
 • 2015-06-27: Distribution Release: VectorLinux 7.1
 • 2014-04-07: Development Release: VectorLinux 7.1 RC1
 • 2012-07-15: Distribution Release: VectorLinux 7.0 64bit
 • 2012-06-01: Distribution Release: VectorLinux 7.0 "SOHO"
 • 2012-03-22: Distribution Release: VectorLinux 7.0 "Light"
 • 2011-11-28: Distribution Release: VectorLinux 7.0
 • 2011-10-12: Development Release: VectorLinux 7.0 RC3.4
 • 2011-06-21: Development Release: VectorLinux 7.0 RC2
 • 2011-05-05: Development Release: VectorLinux 7.0 RC1
 • 2011-03-21: Development Release: VectorLinux 7.0 Beta 2
 • More Vector releases...

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Feature 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.0 5.9 5.8 5.1 4.3 4.0 3.2 Feature
Release Date 2017-08-28 2015-06-27 2011-11-28 2009-02-22 2007-12-23 2006-12-18 2005-07-26 2004-09-19 2003-10-07 2003-02-05 Release Date
End Of Life                     End Of Life
Price (US$)           27 27 23 23 20 Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 618-721                   Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop IceWM, Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce Fluxbox, IceWM, Xfce Fluxbox, Xfce IceWM, Xfce IceWM, Xfce Default Desktop
Package Management TXZ (slapt-get) TXZ (slapt-get) TXZ TLZ TLZ TLZ/TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture i486, x86_64 i486 i486, x86_64 i486 i486 i486 i486 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3, ReiserFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual en en en en, es, no, pt, ru -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.0 5.9 5.8 5.1 4.3 4.0 3.2 Full Package List
Package 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.0 5.9 5.8 5.1 4.3 4.0 3.2 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.6.5 2.5.2 2.4.6 2.2.5 2.0.7 1.0.4 1.0.3 abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.0 1.0.26 1.0.24.1 1.0.18 1.0.15 1.0.11 1.0.9 1.0.5 -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.8)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) 4.3 4.2 4.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.0 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b bash (5.0)
bind (9.14.0) -- 9.10.2 9.7.3-P1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.14.0)
chromium (73.0.3683.103) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (73.0.3683.103)
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.3 1.5.4 1.4.6 1.3.9 1.3.3 1.2.6 1.1.23 -- -- -- cups (2.2.11)
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.0pl2 3.0pl1 3.0pl1 dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.45.0) 1.43.1 1.42.9 1.41.14 1.40.8 1.39 1.38 1.35 1.34 1.27 1.27 e2fsprogs (1.45.0)
firefox (66.0.3) 52.2.0 31.7.0 8.0.1 3.0.6 2.0.0.11 2.0 1.0.4 -- -- -- firefox (66.0.3)
freetype (2.10.0) 2.6.3 2.5.5 2.4.4 2.3.8 2.3.5 2.1.9 -- -- -- -- freetype (2.10.0)
gcc (8.3.0) 4.9.3 4.7.2 4.5.2 4.2.3 4.1.2 3.4.6 3.3.4 3.2.3 2.95.3 2.95.3 gcc (8.3.0)
gimp (2.10.10) 2.8.20 2.8.14 2.6.11 2.6.5 -- 2.2.13 2.2.1 -- -- -- gimp (2.10.10)
glibc (2.29) 2.23 2.20 2.13 2.7 2.5 2.3.6 2.3.4 2.3.2 2.2.5 2.2.5 glibc (2.29)
gnome-shell (3.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.32.1)
gnucash (3.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.5)
gnumeric (1.12.44) 1.12.31 1.10.17 1.10.12 1.8.2 1.7.12 1.7.4 -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.44)
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.00 1.99rc1 -- 0.97 -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk (3.24.8) 2.24.29 2.24.13 2.24.1 2.12.9 2.10.14 2.8.20 2.6.1 2.4.4 1.2.10 1.2.10 gtk (3.24.8)
httpd (2.4.39) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.39)
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- 0.48.1 0.46 -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.04.0) -- -- -- 1.0.5 1.0.3 0.12.3 -- -- -- -- k3b (19.04.0)
kmod (26) 22 18 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (26)
krita (4.1.8)                     krita (4.1.8)
libreoffice (6.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0 -- -- -- -- libreoffice (6.2.3)
linux (5.0.8) 4.4.76 3.18.16 3.0.8 2.6.27.12 2.6.22.14 2.6.18.5 2.6.11.7 2.6.7 2.4.20 2.4.19 linux (5.0.8)
Package 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.0 5.9 5.8 5.1 4.3 4.0 3.2 Package
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- -- 0.3.2.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.3.14) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.14)
mate-desktop (1.22.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.22.0)
mesa (19.0.2) 11.1.2 10.5.6 7.10.2 7.2 7.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- mesa (19.0.2)
mysql (8.0.15) 5.7.18 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.15)
nautilus (3.32.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.32.0)
NVIDIA (418.56) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (418.56)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- 3.4.7.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (12.0.1) -- -- 6u29 6u2 1.5.0 -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (12.0.1)
openssh (8.0p1) 7.4p1 6.7p1 5.8p1 5.1p1 4.7p1 4.4p1 3.9p1 3.8.1p1 3.2.3p1 3.2.3p1 openssh (8.0p1)
openssl (1.1.1b) 1.0.2k 1.0.1n 0.9.8r 0.9.8h 0.9.8f 0.9.8d 0.9.7e 0.9.7d 0.9.6d 0.9.6d openssl (1.1.1b)
perl (5.28.1) 5.22.0 5.16.1 5.12.3 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.6 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 perl (5.28.1)
php (7.3.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.3.4)
plasma-desktop (5.15.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.15.4)
postfix (3.4.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.4.5)
postgresql (11.2) 9.5.3 -- -- 8.3.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (11.2)
Python (3.7.3) 2.7.11 2.7.8 2.7.2 2.5.2 2.5.1 2.4.3 -- -- -- -- Python (3.7.3)
qt (5.12.3) 4.8.7 4.8.7 4.7.0 3.3.8b 3.3.8 3.3.5 -- -- -- -- qt (5.12.3)
samba (4.10.2) 4.5.12 4.2.0 3.5.10 3.0.33 3.0.26a 3.0.23c 3.0.7 3.0.4 -- -- samba (4.10.2)
systemd (242) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (242)
thunderbird (60.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (60.6.1)
vim (8.1) 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.1 7.1 7.0 -- -- -- -- vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.6) -- -- -- 0.9.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.11.8 4.8.3 4.4.3 4.4.2 4.3.99.2 4.2.0 4.0.6 3.8.16 3.8.16 xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.4) 1.18.1 1.16.3 1.9.5 1.4.2 1.4 (6.9.0) (6.8.2) -- -- -- xorg-server (1.20.4)

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Version: 7.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-03-16
Votes: 4


I bought an old HP mini 2133 that turned out to be a curse. Usually there are no problems when using the most lightweight distros, for my old mini netbooks. However, this one had a problem with the b43 firmware for wireless card. Win 10 would not start install (even though it is within the requirements), my usual Bodhi Linux would refuse to go on with install and it was the same for several other distro's. In the end, AntiX would install and run wired connection, but no wireless. The only distro able to find and run wireless ended up being Kali Linux (which is too heavy for this computer to work properly) and Vector Linux! I got the idea to try after I read another review saying it finds and installs old Broadcom drivers.

So, Vector is a lifesaver for old, stubborn Netbooks. It is very fast and can be configured to look good with just a few clicks. The cons now is that I have to learn to use this system and I dont find it to be easy, not being an experienced Linux user. There is another thing worth mentioning, I had problems with the install freezing at the end when it sets passwords. After reading up on it on the forums, it seems that your username must not have capital letters and the password for login and root must not be the same.


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Version: 7.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-12-18
Votes: 8


What I love about Vector (Xfce) is it is super-lightweight without being too bare bones. It is the only distro that works satisfactorily in a virtual machine on my REALLY OLD laptop.

Thank you developers!


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Version: 7.2
Rating: 1
Date: 2018-12-03
Votes: 0


Full of bugs, no close mirror and actually felt the mouse slugish on my dell optilex 330...

Dont know what happens but actually its not as near as it should from an stable and friendly system, anything that you may need to install that is not brough by the system will give you headache


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