It’s been some time since I posed this question – time spent on other, non computing, activities. But I have now had another try at configuring Vector, and thanks to suggestions here I was able to get truecrypt installed and working.
But – and please don’t take this as being antagonistic – I have come to the conclusion that Vector is not for me. My reasons are:-
1. For a distro which claims to be lightweight, there are a great many packages installed by default which I do not need and would prefer not to have the bother of removing – never sure if I’ve removed everything, or that I have not inadvertently removed something crucial.
2. The screen seems very cluttered. The worst offender is the cairo-dock, which takes up valuable screen space, is very distracting and which I was totally unable to remove (in the live version)
3. Installation requires a level of technical knowledge way beyond that which I possess (eg manual partitioning of disks), and also beyond that required by other distros such as PCLinuxOS or Mint.
4. The MakeLiveCD option (which was the main attraction for me – I am looking to be able to make a live CD of my current installation) did not work. Although it finished up with a dialog telling me to look in the /tmp directory, there was no .iso file there and the log terminated with a FAILED message. I was using the live CD – maybe it needs the installed version but as described above that was a problem.
My ideal distro would be:-
1. Lightweight, such that the .iso file can be accommodated on a CD, not a DVD
2. Have a live version to allow trial usage
3. Have an uncluttered screen devoid of all eye-candy.
4. Have an installation mechanism which guides the user through the process without assuming a high level of expertise.
5. Allow the user to select packages at install time rather than installing a raft of common packages, which may not be appropriate for an individual user. (I realise that this may conflict with 4 above, but there could be an option to install a ‘typical’ set of packages)
6. Have access to a package repository for subsequent amendment
7. Have a package available to make a live cd of the current installation.
Vector scored on 1,2 and 6, but fell short on 3,4,5 and maybe 7. I’m still looking!