I remember screwing around with Red Hat, Caldera (yes, guilty), Lycoris, and Suse before settling on Vector Linux (around version 2.5, I think). I did some early work as a packager up through version 4.2, and then got rather busy with life. However, since around 2003 or so, VL has been my primary operating system, and I have probably installed it in its various versions upwards of 500 times on school computers, personal computers and laptops, and on friends/family computers. At home we use it for our media center computer (currently on VL7.0rc3.4). It is still one of the speediest and most reliable distros around, and the inclusion of vpackager has made compiling those packages that aren't in the repository a dream.
Thanks to everyone who has had the time to continue to maintain and work on this wonderful product.