Get space for nvidia initial install -
1) You have 3 or 4 different media players. Remove them all in favor of one which will play audio as well as video. There is your space.
2) No one will use inkscape out of the box, remove that and a few other smaller apps to make room.
3) Drastic, remove gimp. Gimp is easy to install if a user wants it.
4) Cairo dock - what a hog of space. Kill that and give us drivers so our computers work right after initial install. If you want a pretty launcher I can make you one that will take no space at all on the install. Its called a panel.
I think your ideas for what to leave out are TERRIBLE! First of all, not everyone has NVidia graphics. Probably less than half do. The rest are ATI, Intel, or whatnot.
Next, not everyone wants compiz, which is so important to you. I've never liked it and will never use it. I suppose I could with the nouveau driver, which is what's being used in my Sempron computer (which has an NVidia graphics card). hardinfo says I have Direct Rendering with the nouveau driver. I don't know about such things, but isn't direct rendering 3D? Of course, since I don't like compiz and I don't do games or anything else 3D, it doesn't matter to me whether or not nouveau is providing it.
I did install the proprietary NVidia driver in beta2 or so of VL7. I downloaded it from NVidia. When the next release of VL7 came out, I decided to give nouveau a try. It's working fine for me, so at this point I don't plan to install the NVidia driver unless the earth transforms itself and I get a second monitor so I can have two at once. I strongly doubt that will happen, as I'd rather just get a larger monitor (the monitor on this computer is 1600x1200, 21 inches).
>> No one will use inkscape out of the box >>
And you know this how??? Inkscape is one of my must-have applications and there is NO WAY I'd want it left out. Frankly, I don't mind installing with GSlapt. That's what I do with my V6 Light computers. They're actually anything but light by the time I get everything installed on them that I want. I'm with hata_ph on this. It may be garbage to you but to me it's treasure.
Same for Gimp. And unless there is a good package in the repos, it's not easy to install at all. The proprietary NVidia drivers are a lot easier.
>> Cairo dock - what a hog of space >>
And yet, a lot of people love it. I don't like it--it gets stopped immediately on my systems and does not run again. It's eye candy that I can do without--kinda like compiz.
>> The compiz interface is the future of desktop linux. >>
Not anymore. Desktop operating systems are gravitating toward interfaces influenced by touchscreens. We see that in Ubuntu's Unity, it's coming in Windows 8, and the Mac is also going that way. I haven't been thrilled with touchscreen yet. I have a Nook Color and while the touchscreen is a good option on a tablet, I wouldn't want it on a desktop where I'd have to hold my arm up and reach out to my monitor. But until I try it, I wouldn't pass judgment.
The reason for moving to touchscreen is that tablets and smartphones are growing in users while desktops and traditional laptops are losing users. The idea is that a more or less common interface will be easier for users influenced by smartphones and tablets.
It may be that VectorLinux needs to think more in terms of DVD installation or an ISO that won't fit on one CD. Even an old computer can have a DVD drive and while I appreciate the value of keeping old hardware alive, there comes a point when the old hardware is so "out of it" that the user is paying a severe penalty. It's time to bite the bullet and get something newer. You can pick up used computers for low prices or even free.
>> Like it or not many people want compiz. Even if not to use just to show off. >>
Did you really want to say that?<g> Speaking as a granny, "showing off" seems awfully juvenile to me. What do you do? Have a bunch of geeky guys stand around your computer while you try to wow them with all the eye candy it can do? Let some other distro go after that crowd and VL can appeal to those who use their computers seriously, not to impress their friends.