# VectorLinux

## The Vectorian Lounge => The Lounge => Topic started by: Sivatheja on February 23, 2008, 07:07:46 pm

Title: What is 'vector'?
Post by: Sivatheja on February 23, 2008, 07:07:46 pm
I had this peculiar doubt while reading the forum. We have so many distros Redhat/ Ubuntu/ Mandrake/ SUSE Linux etc. I learnt that 'ubuntu' is some African community that shares things for free. Now what does 'Vector' mean then? :)
Title: Re: What is 'vector'?
Post by: dawnsboy on February 23, 2008, 08:16:16 pm
VECTOR:  A straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction.  Also, a course or compass direction especially of an airplane.

This is in some of the early wallpapers for Vector Linux:

http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/VL-On-Crack/VL_wallpaper_1024x768-1.png

Title: Re: What is 'vector'?
Post by: hata_ph on February 24, 2008, 06:04:18 am
hei, the wallpaper look cool.....
Title: Re: What is 'vector'?
Post by: Sivatheja on February 25, 2008, 09:55:38 am
Yes the wallpaper is indeed  great! but I really did not understand :(
Title: Re: What is 'vector'?
Post by: M-ake on February 25, 2008, 10:53:12 am
Lemme demonstrate

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Thats a vector. It has direction (from left to right) and magnitude (length). Vectors can be used in physics and maths for various purposes. As an example, gravity or any force can be expressed as vectors in physics (as long as they have direction, and magnitude).
Title: Re: What is 'vector'?
Post by: Sivatheja on February 25, 2008, 10:57:38 am
So  I understand  VectorLinux as force/  power of Linux :D
Okay?
Title: Re: What is 'vector'?
Post by: alec on February 26, 2008, 03:44:55 am
Vector is no-nonsense thing. You have the direction and magnitude, everything is working in that direction. If you add two vectors you get.. another vector, not a thing with two vectors hanging out :)
Btw, that wallpaper is really cool, can I have it in other resos? 1680x1050 preferably :)
Title: Re: What is 'vector'?
Post by: metvas on February 26, 2008, 07:35:45 am
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Now what does 'Vector' mean then?
we have addressed this before on the "Old Board" I think. In 1998 or maybe 1997, sitting in Vec's front room with my partner and his, we all made suggestions for a name. After much debate it was decided that "Vector Linux" would be the name of the newest distro to hit the net. There is really no better way of describing how we got that name. It was picked out of a hat. LOL
Regards
metvas
Title: Re: What is 'vector'?
Post by: rbistolfi on February 26, 2008, 08:21:01 am
Vector means: fastest linux distro in the planet.
Title: Re: What is 'vector'?
Post by: tomh38 on February 26, 2008, 12:15:56 pm
rbistolfi:

My partial translation of your sig:

That you'll be using Vector when the world ends/ That nobody will lull you with another distro/ That the bar around the corner with have a computer with Vector

Tom
Title: Re: What is 'vector'?
Post by: rbistolfi on February 26, 2008, 12:45:43 pm
Perfect translation Tom! I thought about translating my sig, but I couldn't find a way to keep the rhyme. And I always have hard times with subordinated sentences. We use "que" almost every time, I think in this case "that" would be the correct English word.
"[I wish for you] that the end of the world..."

Btw, "Vector" doesn't need to mean anything, and the logo neither, as metvas pointed, makes tend to be recognized by repetition. We don't need to be so linear. Most of the people doesn't know what "nike" means, and they are pretty rich.
Title: Re: What is 'vector'?
Post by: tomh38 on February 27, 2008, 05:32:10 am
metvas:  I really liked the story of how Vector Linux got it's name.  It sounds as though you picked 'Vector' because it sounds cool (correct me if I'm wrong).

rbistolfi:  Yeah, I think the Nike people are pretty rich.  I think they're so rich that they're lighting their cigars with \$100 bills (=banknotes).

Here's another story of how a company got its name.  Audi (originally an independent automobile manufacturer, now owned I think by Volkswagen) was founded by August Horch.  For various reasons Horch couldn't use his own name for the company name.  Horch is a German word similar to the archaic English word hark, which means something like "Listen!" or "Hear me!"  In Latin, the word horch would be translated as ... wait for it ... Audi.