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The Lounge / Re: VL ongoing
« Last post by cyberbillp on January 01, 2021, 05:29:27 pm »
That sounds like an interesting route to go.

Many with infinitely more resources have tried
without success. There is really no leaders or
developers currently involved in Vector Linux

My personal hardware desire is a linux tablet.

Bigpaws

Wha-lah.
https://pine64.com/product-category/tablets/?v=0446c16e2e66

Out of stock, but watch for a new batch eh?
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The Lounge / Re: VL ongoing
« Last post by bigpaws on January 01, 2021, 04:52:49 pm »
That sounds like an interesting route to go.

Many with infinitely more resources have tried
without success. There is really no leaders or
developers currently involved in Vector Linux

My personal hardware desire is a linux tablet.

Bigpaws
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The Lounge / Re: All good things
« Last post by bigpaws on January 01, 2021, 04:50:27 pm »
Good question.

If someone has an answer let me know. I keep the
lights on per se.

Bigpaws
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The Lounge / Re: VL ongoing
« Last post by cyberbillp on January 01, 2021, 02:50:34 pm »
So it's been awhile.

I'll tell you my Vector story and how I ended up here today and toss out a random idea or two. Maybe it'll be inspirational to the project, maybe not.

After banging around with a few different distro's and even buying a few, I ended up on Vector. It ran the best, period. I still have my set of CD's in my closet.

I work for a primary Defense Contractor and found myself supporting a project that needed to back up ALL their data every night to disc. I ordered a rack mount system and built it with Vector Linux.
Each night support went in a dropped a new disc into the drive and each morning filed it away. It was 100% automated. I'm not at liberty to discuss the project but I can say Vector
has had a role in protecting the Nation. It's reliable light weight and fast.

Back to my personal use: Despite the efforts of LGP, I still found myself dual booting to Windows for gaming 99% of the time. Eventually a new computer went back to a windows install.
As I'm not a developer, I didn't find myself in Linux much.

So fast forward a few years....... The world has changed. Google has turned into satan personified. Facebook and Twitter are stomping out free speech, and the time has come to cleanse
my life of all things run by these anti-american big tech monopolies. (ok I know that's a bit of hyperbole', but bear with me a sec)

Enter: Pine64. They are producing a fully open source capable phone. It's designed from the ground up to run Linux. It runs an ARM soc has emmc and an sd slot.
Mine came with Manjaro, but I'm currently running MObile deBIAN (Mobian), no Google/Android, Facebook etc. touching it anywhere.

So why am I here? When I started thinking about the fastest lightest best Linux out there, I think of Vector. So I came by to see if it had ever been compiled for ARM,
and ended up in here writing this post.

If Vector needs a new direction, take a look at the PinePhone (or even their other open source oriented devices).
It's a laptop with a cellular radio in it and a touch screen, and the hardware design ethos is a perfect match for Vector.

People are already calling 2021 the year of the linux phone.

Thoughts?
https://www.pine64.org/pinephone/

(I'm not affiliated with Pine in any way, if that matters)
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The Lounge / Re: All good things
« Last post by Lyn on December 31, 2020, 09:59:58 am »
Hi All and Blwyddyn Newydd Dda - Happy New Year!

When do we officially call the end of Vector?  Should someone make an official announcement and update people like distro watch?

I would once again like to thank all those that worked on this wonderful distro, thank you for all the hard work and your commitment over the years.  Perhaps someone could produce a brief history of the distro, including dates of releases and maybe screenshots, that would be a fitting tribute - in its day vasm was quite revolutionary. 
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I think Arch-based distros also deserve a mention. I'm posting this from Manjaro, which works very well and is easy to manage and update; I've also been impressed by Arch Labs, which is inspired by the Bunsen Linux distro (based on Debian, and which I've also had a good experience using).

Gentoo is very stable but IMO harder to manage than Arch; however there's a good spin called ExGent which I use sometimes and works as a live disk although it doesn't always pick up my soundcard. I don't know a lot about Gentoo but as far as I can tell it has a smaller package repository than Arch, Debian or Ubuntu.
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I use a mix, Mint on my main machine, Sparkylinux on a netbook and Trisquel on a laptop....
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The Lounge / Re: All good things
« Last post by bigpaws on November 18, 2020, 08:50:51 am »
Hi Caitlyn,

Good to hear from you.

The last  I heard from Robert was several months ago. He is doing fine. There
were some life changes for him as well. That has been the case for most of us.

I  and a few others check on the forum. Otherwise you could call this a dormant
project.

Wishing you well.

Bigpaws
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The Lounge / Re: VL ongoing
« Last post by caitlyn on November 17, 2020, 06:14:51 pm »
Kind of a sad thread, isn't it?  Like others here I had real life get in the way of contributing.  I'm starting a new job tomorrow.  What dev work I'll do will be for work and I honestly have neither the time or inclination to come home from that to do yet more of it.  I'm 60 and I've had my share of health issues.  I feel relaunching VL will be a project for someone younger and more energetic if it ever happens.

It is possible to build a lightweight distro from a Red Hat/CentOS base or a Debian base.  I know because I was part of a team that did the former for an Israeli company.  Sadly there was no public release and the pandemic took it's toll on that business.  In any case if someone wanted to do it they could.  Without systemd?  Possible but difficult if you want a good selection of apps and a popular desktop.  systemd made life a lot easier for anyone maintaining large numbers of systems.  Whether you like it or not (and I do) it's a de facto standard nowadays.

Work on something Slackware based?  That's just not for me.

Anyway, I checked back out of curiosity.  It's nice to see familiar names, people I like and respect.  It's sad to see that VL is a dormant project at best and a dead project at worst.
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The Lounge / Re: All good things
« Last post by caitlyn on November 17, 2020, 06:01:03 pm »
I started with VectorLinux very early on, as in a 1.x release, mainly out of curiosity.  It became a regular on at least one of my systems with VL 2.5, circa 2002 or so.  It developed into a very good desktop Linux distro, particularly from the 5.x releases onward.  I made some contributions, mainly packaging and repo maintenance, along the way but I was never more than a minor contributor.  I got a lot out of VL and I am sorry it didn't continue on.

Is Robert (Vec7) OK? Does anyone keep in touch with him?
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