however, if I may be permitted, as one totally oblivious, to offer a small criticism, when I followed your perfect explanation above, I was a little bit disappointed to find seamonkey version 1.18, instead of the more recent version 2.0, which I have been using for about a month or so, now, on xp.
SeaMonkey 2.0 is in the testing repo. You can enable testing in Gslapt, Edit, Preferences, Sources tab, and click on the box next to the testing repo. It is disabled by default because packages in testing are, well, being tested by us, the users, before they go into the usual repos. It's perfectly safe to enable testing and even have it displaying packages whenever you run Gslapt--as long as you're aware that packages in testing *could* have bugs that *might possibly* cause you grief. But if you don't have testing enabled, you could go for a long time before the package is available in the other repos. Sometimes they sit in testing for a long time, mainly because not enough people download them and report any problems they might have or even that they had no problems. You definitely don't want testing enabled if you're going to do an upgrade of every available package for which an upgrade is available. But for looking--let the buyer beware. I've been using SeaMonkey 2 for as long as it's been available in testing almost as soon as it came out and am not having problems except for a display problem that shows up on some Web sites and may be related to the video drivers some of us are using. Firefox has the same problem. Opera does not.
It seems to me, that this version of Vector Linux, which proudly exhibits an obsolete version of KDE, ought nevetheless deliver the newest versions of other components, for example, the kernel, or vlc media player, or web cam modules, and so on...
This is not such a simple thing as you might think. New versions often require new dependencies or new versions of dependencies and that can break the system. Also, remember that all packages are produced by volunteers and they don't have time to seek out, compile, and make a package of every new version. And then the new package has to be tested in the "real world." If you want to see the latest versions VectorLinux has available, you have to enable the testing repo and be aware that you might encounter bugs nobody found yet.
I did not really follow the argument made for selecting the older version of KDE, but I didn't object to it, because, frankly, I don't use KDE. I wish that vector linux used one of the other, less resource intensive windows managers. I have no need for "Konqueror", and so on,....
This begs the question of why you installed VectorLinux KDE-Classic.
You have two other lighter choices, both of which use lighter window managers and are free of KDE programs. VectorLinux Light is the least resource intensive version and includes IceWM and JWM. IceWM is very nice for a very light window manager. It is easily modified and very customizable, though you do it with text files. The system itself is managed with VASM, just like all versions of VectorLinux. Light is particularly suited to older or lower-powered computers, though it works very well on new stuff. I have it on my laptop and like it very much.
VectorLinux 6 Standard (or Gold, the same thing) uses XFce by default and offers a somewhat lighter desktop environment, LXDE. XFce is my favorite desktop environment and it's very easy to set up as you like through a graphical interface. If you want to add any or all of KDE to VL6 Standard (or Light), you can do so. Or you can leave it free of KDE. As always with Linux, it's your choice. I have it on both my desktop computers, where it is my main operating system.
I still prefer the former desktop image with the winter landscape, so I am not yet sold on this particular version of Vector Linux. I am sold on this forum. Wonderful.
You should be able to change that. I'm not real familiar with KDE, but I think in the KDE Control Panel or some similar name, there is a Desktop section in which you can select a different wallpaper. I don't know if the Norwegian Lake desktop is included, but if not, you should be able to download it from somewhere or maybe one of VL's users could e-mail it to you.
Since I don't think you've invested a lot of time yet in configuring VL KDE-CLASSIC, if I were you I'd download VL6Light or VL6Standard, which will give you the lighter window manager you want. Then you can put anything you want on the system.
I'm sure we all appreciate your feedback.