Still has a couple of problems with the installer, however, good progress has been made.
Disk now boots up in all three test machines. Good.
Installation HALTS with the oldest of the three test machines: IBM thinkpad a21. This machine is not the easiest to work with. It does run xp well, after upgrade to 512 mbytes memory. It also dual boots very well with Vector Lite 6.0, though the install was not effortless. Current problem: reach the Install screen, but then message (pressing Escape key) indicates difficulty finding stable clock source, whereupon system kicks out cdrom and reboots.
Situation is rather different with machine 2, also a Celeron 800, with bus 100 MHz, 512 Mbytes SDRAM. This desktop computer uses a Via chipset PLE 133, Trident video controller, SATA hard drive. Boots fine. Installation commences: hurrah! That is progress, compared with earlier beta releases.
However, a problem develops immediately after the first install screen, when the message states that it cannot locate the installation medium!!!! Wow. The installer asks me to tell it where the cdrom is located....Hmm. very strange....This machine has had both Slackware 13.0, and Vector lite 6.0 installed upon it, in the past, and currently has Puppy linux 4.3 running, all of them with no problems during the installation procedure.
Machine 3, another oldie but goodie, also 10 years old, PIII at 1.13GHZ, 512 mbytes SDRAM, S3 video controller, SATA hard drive. Runs both xp and slackware 13.0 with kde 4.2.4 without problems.
Previously, this machine would not boot Vector SOHO beta xxx, then, with beta 4.1 it would boot, but not install.
Today, finally, the installation proceeded, quasi normally. Hurrah. Unlike machine 2, this time, the program experienced no difficulty locating the installation medium. However, upon reaching the end of the first disk, I chose the option to conclude without installing disk 2, and perhaps that may be part of the subsequent problems:::?
Strangely, at least to me, strange, the installer asks the user whether or not to install Grub or Lilo. Well, that's not the strange part, at least not to me. The strange part is this: If I choose Grub, then, the video resolution is available at 1024 x 768, but that resolution disappears, replaced with "Bootsplash high", upon choosing Lilo? What in the world is that? Why should the screen resolution depend upon the boot loader?
Even more peculiar, and in my opinion, DANGEROUS, the ONLY choice for Grub is installation to the MBR. Wow. Disaster. So, I chose LILO, and took a stab at "Bootsplash Extra high", which, turns out to be 1280 x 1024, i.e. that's fine.
So, then what happened? Ok, well, the bad news is that after completing the entire installation procedure, I rebooted, having removed the disk of course, and the login screen appeared. Now, I don't like login screens, users, roots, etc, etc....BUT, most distros require a user and root both with passwords. Here, I did assign a password to root, because the installation software insisted upon it. I also created a user, (a single letter), and omitted any password.
Umm, so, when I reached the obnoxious login screen, (obnoxious only because I don't want to have to login as I did forty years ago, this is a SINGLE user SOHO environment of 2010), I entered the single letter corresponding to the user I had created. I hit carriage return (Enter key for those who grew up in an era when typewriters had become obsolete--I still remember the absolute joy upon using for the first time an ELECTRIC typewriter, wow, so much easier!) and nothing happened. ZIlch, nada. Zero de conduite. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z
So, I resorted to logging in, with a sigh, as bloody root. OOPS. I received an error message informing me that login as ROOT is disallowed.
Now that's a first. I never before encountered that message from any UNIX system I have ever used, going back to the late 70's, which prohibited logging in as root.
So, there remain some problems with the installation software. Hope this helps, because there certainly has been a marked improvement since February....