I am beginner, tried almost every distrowatch distro, so don't take my ramblings to seriously
.Respect to Vector Linux (another Canadian distro,cheaper than Xandros,and based on legendary Slack).Finaly one good and simple distro with all features I like (old school Ascii art and latest stuff
,but I still need some after install configuration to do (menu.lst listed all my ntfs partitons on boot).It need to be more polished in terms of packages.I mean,it's KDE based distro,and KDE have all round programs for SOHO and more.Considering this, I tried Fedora 7 KDE live, and this is what I like in Fedora considering KDE.It has Koffice,Kontact,Kopete,Ktorrent,Konversasion,K3b so I don't need OOffice,Gaim,Xchat,Gnomebaker,Bittorrent etc.I'm trying to say, if I use KDE desktop enviroment, it's better to have programs from KDE than some alternative programs (if I want it, I will install Gnome based programs and GTk stuff btw.).Another good thing in Fedora 7 is on the fly changing of sound cards (if somebody have 2 sound cards like me).And thats all, I dont't like Fedora and Red Hat,specially Mandriva
.What else, Vector Linux is realy fast, installation is simple and humorous, it recognise core 2 duo and choose right i686 SMP kernel.Unlike in simplyMepis 6.5 (which on restart,shutdown hard disk completely (heard click sound
),don't know how is this healthy for disk).I will like to see automount of ntfs partitions with their labels, like in Sidux (xaos).PCLinuxOS 2007 is nice,but it's slow, and it's not stable, just like more unstable Mandriva,not to mention slowness with Synaptic.They say Arch is fast, I don't know,maybe.Gentoo (lost it's compass after 2006 imho,maybe Sabayon it's the cause :)is also fast they say (don't want to bother with all that emerge stuff).Frugalware is also like fast,but need better package choosing method in installation.I don't think that Arch is difficult, but for every distro is important good documentation and some user learning and experience (and I like to see comment examples in some config files (e.g. menu.lst) for orientation, how some distros like Slackware have it.I don't know why somebody say that Slackware text based installation is difficult, it's much better,simpler than Yast or Anaconda, and also much more information you get in installation procedure than in Debian text based installation.Zenwalk and Dreamlinux are nice distros,but don't like so much wannabe OsX Dreamlinux theme.You did nice distro, much better than girlie themed KateOS, ARK H2O,SAM linux (bad keyboard character localization support,don't know how is that in Granular linux),latest Yoper won't work,childish Myah OS is ok but need customization after install, and other less known small distros.Another good point is that you're using Xorg 6.9.0 so I can install Radeon X1xxx drivers without problem but can't find Catalyst control center in menu,maybe is only avaliable with Xorg 7.1?.With Xorg larger than 7.1 ATI users have problems, maybe in the end of the year, AMD will do something about that (give me AIGLX or else...I will go the way it's meant to be played
,you are close to Ati hquarters i think, go there and punch some Ati dudes responsible fo linux drivers
..Debian wrEtch still got terrible Gnome Nautilus open folder like Windows 95 exploder issue(I think that openSUSE also have that,I know that Mandriva 2007 have it),no thanks, give me XFCE and Thunar.Konqueror is still king of file managers.Imho I will learn more about linux with Slackware than with Gentoo or Arch,how some reviewers like to say for those two.Tried Slackware 11,but I need to compile kernel according my system,need manualy activate sound card,modules, to much stuff need'ed to be done.Vector is not better Slackware than Slackware, just like Fedora is not better Red Hat or Ubuntu better Debian, or Mepis better Kubuntu.Kubuntu 7.04 has Stand by option (suspend to ram,and it works),but KDE have save session by default and maybe that's not some important issue.Vector didn't recognise and mount my copy controlled audio cd.Nice that it recognise my external firewire hard disc (but it didn't mount broken partition,only healthy partition is mounted,some distros failed in that task),in PCLOS I've needed to edit /modeprobe.preload for mounting firewire disc. All in all Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO, thumbs up, keep up the good work.
P.S. If I were M.Shuffleword, I will give you some bling bling for developing