I wouldn't like to start a flame (that's not the spirit of this community), but you have to understand that being your first post and just writing that newbies should not walk but run away from VL is not a very (ehem) nice way to break into a community.
If you have installed slackware or gentoo, or arch, you know what does it means a newbie scaring distro.
I suppose the comparison with ubuntu is a must.
Well, IMO vectorlinux needs a little more knowledge than ubuntu to be installed, but not that much more knowledge to have a functional box.
If a total newbie wants to install linux wihtout knowing anything about linux, and without wanting to read/learn anything about linux, then, for me it's ok he/she stays far away from here (maybe ubuntu will be a better choice then).
But (IMO) if a newbie that wants to start learning while having a functional box, vl is a nice distro for him/her.
Does one need to know what's X11? Well, in case one doesn't want to install X, yes. I don't know how to install ubuntu (desktop) without X11.
JRE is the same java runtime environment that the user has to install on windows. I'm not saying that a given newbie should know it, but everyone knows about google, right?
One of the reasons I use vl is that I install it (20minutes) and I have a system that can play mp3,avi,mpg, flash, java applets and the like. I can't do this in any other distro I've tried. And I can take a cd with me, install, and have all that wihtout the need of an internet connection.
Maybe it's a little more difficult than other linux distros, but I thing the tradeoff for flexibility is well worth .
Obviously, noone is going to ban you, it was only my sense of humour + I'm not native english speaker, so that joke may be bad written + I don't have permissions to ban anyone
Said that, you're very welcome to point out rough edges and so, but please, think a bit of them, pros, cons, and alternatives. We're not a closed community, we like to improve VL, but with a post like "this sucks", we can't make much of it.