Allright, I give up, time to give switching to xbuntu another go.
There I can have cinelerra, chrome, and anything else I may want point and click install without hair pulling or major aggravation.
I'm sure the developers and packagers do the very best they can, so I hope they don't take my critiscisms to heart.
1) I believe I've been hearing "That will be addressed in vector 7.0" about many things for over a year. The xfce 4 build is buggy and crashes occasionally by itself or especially when run with compiz. This happens on 4 computers I tried. Its not a hardware problem, there is a real problem with the build. Since it crashes without compiz, on different computers, different video cards and so on, its obviously a problem. XFCE is the core of the gui/user interface. I would think fixing this would be high priority, but people say downgrade to the last stable xfce. Xfce 4 is stable on other distros, why not in vector? Its the heart of the user interface, yet vector developers just ignore this for how long now?
2) Software availability. I've used vector for years, but Its awfully aggravating watching so many other distros having common things point and click install and staying with vector and having to make software from source or aggravate myself trying to do slackbuild installs. Granted I'm sure I learned alot more about linux that way. Maybe that was good for me, but its probably time to move on. Other distros have cinelerra, vector 7 will, but you have to buy a multimedia upgrade cd from a third party. Thats fine, but I've already bought vector cd's in the past and supported vector, now a third party wants cash so I can finally run the one decent video app available for linux? And when can I finally do this? Been waiting over a year already. The announcement about the multimedia upgrade cd came what 6 or 8 months ago? maybe more? But still I wait.
3) Lack of compiz support. Compiz works like a pig in vector, on the same hardware that ubuntu, mepis,debian, arch, and more work great. Crash crash crash goes the vector compiz. Compiz is the future UI of linux. Not supporting it fully leaves vector in the realm of the oldschool linux distros. The fact that it crashes all the time in vector but almost never on other distros speaks volumes. Apparently compiz is not a priority for vector linux, but that also speaks volumes.
I've learned a tremendous amount about linux by using vector over the years. I'm sure I may check in and see how 7.0 goes, but I need to get work done now, not next year. I just want to get things done on my computer, creative things mostly. I don't have the time or the energy to fight with slackbuilds, source tarballs and so on. Maybe my patience is the problem, but having used vector on one of my computers for 5+ years, always hoping these things would improve, but I don't think they have much. I think I've been patient enough. I wish you all the best of luck though.
Another thing, my critiscisms are meant to perhaps teach you why people give up and move on. I don't mean them to be vicious or overly critical. These are real concerns I have raised.