I had been eying Vector for a while, but never got aroung to giving it a try until recently. There have been several reasons for that, but things have changed recently since my main machine broke down and I found myself stuck with a Pentium II 300 as a result. I have been trying several alternate solutions since then, and Vector started to look really good as a potential candidate. One of the things that made me hesitate was the Slackware base, which I'm not familiar with but some friends tried Vector and had mostly good things to say about it. Then I saw that the new RC integrated a ports structure and that cinched it for me. I'm a big fan of the BSD ports and of Portage under Gentoo so having that possibility is a great plus for me. Plus, I had already tried Crux-like ports on a previous venture with DeLi and I did like them. so here I am, trying to tame the beast!
Linux-wise, Mandriva was my first distro but over time, I have found myself to be quite partial to Gentoo-based distros and BSD systems, athough it might be more accurate to say that I'm quite the Linux/open-source operating systems enthousiast. I have tried many distros over the years, with a preference going to distros that are easy to install but allow me to play under the hood afterwards. Somehow, Vector seems to fit the bill and it allows me to discover a family of distros that I don't know very well.