I have VLC installed in RC2. It's in the testing repo.
1. THANK you GrannyGeek, very much. Thoughtful, meaningful, and useful reply, as usual. Much appreciated.
2. Sorry, I don't know how to use the "testing repo". I just barely understand the idea of Gslapt. I guess, but do not know from personal experience, that Gslapt works the same way as "synaptic", i.e. the Debian program which enables users to upgrade their software from a central repostitory. I also am aware, but could not explain the distinction with the red hat rpm repository.
3. Is your VLC the current version, 1.10? I am using 1.10 on both Linux and WinXP, at present.
As far as I know, if you put LILO on the boot sector of the Linux partition instead of the MBR, it's expected you'll be using another boot loader that will chain to that partition
Yes, I use, with great success, XOSL. I have used XOSL with any number of Linux distros, without any difficulty. I must be doing something wrong, for I cannot reach the Vector boot sector on sda4, post installation.
So you're using the Live CD version? I believe you have to be root in order to install the OS on the hard drive if you're using the Live CD.
Root Schmmoot. Who cares? do I care? NO. Absolutely not. I use my computer. No one else. It is not a server. I don't share it with anyone else. Root for me is an abstraction, an irritant.
Procedure: a. download distro; b. install distro; c. test distro.
End of story.
To this point, I have not succeeded in testing Vector 7, because I cannot login. I can't login because nothing happens, the screen is blank, I never reach VL 7. I am stuck trying to boot.
Am I doing something wrong? YES, obviously. (from the perspective of the writer of the software program that installs Vector.) I am engaged in precisely the same behaviour that I employ in testing every other Linux distro. a. download, b. install, c. test.
Failure to boot is clearly a reflection of some sort of error made by me, right? yes. But, all I can say, in my defense, is that I am engaged in doing nothing different from what I do for every other Linux distro.
To my way of thinking, this is a bug in the installer.
I make it all the way through to the end (already a big improvement, compared with previous beta versions of 7), but upon rebooting, boom, zilch, nada. FAILURE.
It may not be 1980, but Windows 7 still uses double-clicks on the desktop and the Mac has always been designed for a single button mouse--though many users don't like that and use two-button mice instead.
Sorry, but here we are definitely on two different roads, aimed in completely opposite directions.
I don't do ANYTHING, because Apple, or M$ do it that way.
Invoking Apple or M$ as a justification for doing something which is:
b. utterly stupid;
d. assuming a feature of nimbleness which elderly folks like me, LACK;
is an absolute dead end
. I will not support, or use, any OS, that demands two clicks of the mouse.
If Vector Linux wishes to ENABLE, obsolete technology, that is no problem, from my perspective. BUT, it is a REAL problem, if the distro requires users
to behave in a manner consistent with the norms of obsolete technology. Let there be a switch which Granny and others can enable, to require the user to click twice. Fine. No problem. Require that I click twice, however: boom, ZERO, NOPE, END OF STORY. No further interest in this distro. One click as the default
, or I have no further interest in Vector Linux. Granny and all others who love Apple and Windows 7, can click twice with a switch, but I am not going to endure the travail of trying to find such a silly switch, (if it exists) and changing it, to single click.