I first got interested in Linux last summer when trying out XASTIR - http://www.xastir.org
. I ended up trying several distributions under VMware on a Windows box at home. VectorLinux 5.8 standard is one of the Virtual Machines I set up to try with XASTIR, and I was intrigued by it. More recently in my Linux experience I installed OpenSUSE 10.3 on my laptop at work - no more Windows on the Dell 620! While I like OpenSUSE 10.3, Kubuntu 7.10, and Mandriva 2008 (they are fine on machines with plenty of memory and CPU power), VectorLinux is my choice for the 2nd computer at home, which is a Dell L800r desktop. I believe it has a Pentium III 850Mhz CPU and 256MB of RAM, and VL runs great on it.
From what I have read so far, this seems like a very nice forum, and I look forward to participating.