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 on: August 28, 2017, 03:54:46 am 
Started by vector - Last post by vector
Hey gals and gents the final version of Vectorlinux 7.2 has been released and available for your installation pleasure. This release is mainly an upgrade  and bug fix release to our prior 7.1 release. The base and desktop packages have all been updated to their most recent stable releases. The kernel is the latest stable lts release for better hardware compatibility. The repo contains all the latest versions of the most used software in the linux community and much more if the system needs to be expanded. We think the base install covers most of the bases but one never knows. We have released this in both 32 and 64 bit versions and for the first time you get your choice of our light version,standard version or a live version. All of these versions are intended to be installed from a cd or dvd media unetbootin does not work so if you need to install from a usb stick you will need to manually copy or dd the iso to the usb stick. We also are not UEFI compatible so if using hardware that requires this boot mechanism you will need to change to legacy boot mode in your system bios settings. So  in summary choose standard or light for a full computer install choose the live to test hardware compatibility with our version of the linux kernel and note there is no mechanism to install the live version to your hard drive this is for testing only. The standard version is a full blown xfce desktop with all the bells and whistles with custom wallpaper and graphics. The light version is a very customized version of the icewm desktop and is intended for older hardware. I would like to thank our whole crew for making this possible been a tense couple of years for me and you carried on and did it.......woot!!

Download locations:
32 bit:
64 bit

you will find all the md5sums in these locations as well


 on: August 27, 2017, 12:00:30 pm 
Started by nightflier - Last post by nightflier
This howto is more of a "notes to self" than an official guide.

Tools are available to create a Live version of a running VL install. These scripts were built for 7.1, and some features do not work for 7.2.

Obtain the scripts from here: or cheat and grab a package from here:

Some extra packages may need to be added to your installation. Make sure you have these installed: pyparted, gparted, squashfs-tools, xdialog, cdrkit.

After installation, run "vmklive" as root. Remember that whatever is present on your running system gets copied to the Live iso. You may want to clear your browser history and saved passwords before starting.  ;D

 on: August 25, 2017, 01:38:31 pm 
Started by black-clover - Last post by roarde
If it becomes more frustrating than fascinating, we'll give more detail. Just figured you didn't want that right now :)

 on: August 24, 2017, 02:49:01 pm 
Started by 93EXCivic - Last post by nightflier
Those images indicate that the wicd daemon is not running. Supplying any password will do no good, as it won't get passed on to that service.

To troubleshoot, open a terminal and become root by issuing command "su" and enter root password. Then use:
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/etc/rc.d/init.d/wicd startand see what messages appear, if any.

It is correct that Gslapt does little good without an internet connection, so you need to address that first.

Red Hat installer.. assuming you mean the Red Hat Linux package manager? It is not used in VectorLinux, as it is written for Red Hat Linux and derivatives.

 on: August 24, 2017, 01:14:41 pm 
Started by 93EXCivic - Last post by 93EXCivic
Also how do I go about installing a Red Hat installer program?

 on: August 24, 2017, 01:13:09 pm 
Started by 93EXCivic - Last post by 93EXCivic
Ok so I am having the following problem when I start up my laptop.

What password is it asking for? I have tried the standard password, root password and network password.

I am assuming the update button on GSplat won't work unless I am connected to the internet.

 on: August 24, 2017, 12:42:15 pm 
Started by black-clover - Last post by black-clover
Thanks alot, this is fascinating.

 on: August 24, 2017, 11:16:59 am 
Started by black-clover - Last post by roarde

Here's where gdm is launched from within /etc/rc.d/rc.X:
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## launch a login manager
  case $DM in
    if [ -x $KDM_CMD ]; then
      #echo KDE Display Manager
      exec $KDM_CMD -nodaemon
    if [ -x $GDM_CMD ]; then
      #echo GNOME Display Manager
      exec $GDM_CMD -nodaemon
    if [ -x $WDM_CMD ]; then
      #echo WING Display Manager
      buildsessions WDM &> /dev/null
      exec $WDM_CMD -nodaemon > /dev/null
    if [ -x $XDM_CMD ]; then
      #echo XFree86 Display Manager
      exec $XDM_CMD -nodaemon
    # error
    echo "Hey, you don't have KDM, GDM, WDM, or XDM."
    echo "Can't use GUI mode without one of them installed, mate."
    sleep 30
$GDM_CMD, etc were already set further up the script.

When that was written many years ago, it had to be done pretty much that way. But it would be nice to have a setup that allows for external configuration of X display manager instead of its being hard-coded in a script.

You can start tracking the entire initialization process (after boot and initrd) by looking over /etc/inittab.


 on: August 23, 2017, 06:48:29 pm 
Started by black-clover - Last post by black-clover
Hello everybody,

I' d like to replace Gdm with Lightdm, the reason being that Lightdm allows a very smooth transition from login to the Xfce desktop, whereas with Gdm there is always a flash before it loads Xfce.
Assuming that I remove Gdm and install Lightdm from sources, how do I configure the system so it would load it properly?

 on: August 23, 2017, 03:31:40 pm 
Started by black-clover - Last post by black-clover

You guessed right Roarde, I downloaded network manager and nm-applet packages from the repository page but saved them on a USB and then installed them using  upgradepkg --install-new.
I  couldn't use slapt-get because this is a minimal VL distro that I am building and couldn't connect it to the wireless in the first place ahah.
As you say, on my regular VL distro, network manager shows up in Vasm.
Thank you guys  for the info on how to start apps and services properly, that's exactly what I need to know.
Chrooting into a new distro and installing apps and libraries by hand in the wee hours of the morning is a great way to learn a bit more about the workings of Linux.

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