i think that Vector linux's main "fame indicator" is the all powerfull distrowatch hits ranking system,which is curently dropping to make way for other distros that got lots of publicity recently,eventhough they are new on the scene.The new
factor was their strong card,the magnet for curiousity- they all have flashy websites that are oftenly updated, lots of screenshots,original themes,features that other distros didnt have at the time,etc etc...
Ubuntu forlk were smart enough to divide their distro into different camps (kubuntu,xubuntu,etc etc) and that way they won numerous positions on the ranking system and lots more popularity.
Vector's curent version scheme emphasises on enterprise kind of linux that has both a standart version and a paid version- making it look like a company,rather than a community driven distro. Not only so,but it states that only users that payed can have the soho version,eventhough one can install kde from the repo without any problems. Even the website emphasises on that,which i think is not very welcoming to people who never heard of vector before.
Yes,having a deluxe version is just fine,but it would be good if it looks like a way to sponsor VL's development by buying it rather than VL's philosophy model. You should emphasise on the beautiful idea of freedom and avaiability,always free of chargeness,thats good publicity.Thats what all the others are stating one way or the other.
VL's goals: I believe that VL has a lot to offer that other distrost dont have at all.But its goals are not clear to the masses.The website doesnt promote its philosophy,its model and inner charm. And it should - not only the welcoming website,the release announcements at DW too. What are you striving for,what do you have that others dont and the new user would be curious to check it out.Yes,VL has it, it has utilities such as the vlpackager, it has a basic portage system, it has vl-hot,vasm and many exciting features under the hood.Promote that with each release you upgraded one or two of those utilities and fixed bugs and added interesting features and so on. Having a section at the website for each of those utilities at the website with screenshots and all that would also be a good thing- just look at pardus linux- thats their scheme to get the crowds! Unique utilities/features should be promoted,they are strong pawns in the game.
Other than that vector can always promote new and exciting open source projects with its future releases,making them avaiable to try out,and noting that at its DW announcements.
Whats VL's philosophy? As i see it- stay as close as possible to slackware's latest and best,putting it together in one single cd, keeping it light and optimized,fast,user friendly,easy to install! Thats what it does,it does it better than all other slackware based distros i've tried,it should be known that its stable,fast and up-to-date with full compatability with slack's repos.(unlike zenwalk)
the ability to load slax modules would be an interesting feature (if not already possible)
wubi-type of try it installation from windows -if its even possible at this time,would make a great change.
live-cd installer capable of installing even on a flash device-I believe dream linux has that feature http://www.dreamlinux.com.br/desktopedition/usblive-overview.html
easy way to compile your own version of the distro: again dreamlinux has its own utility that lets you do that http://www.dreamlinux.com.br/tutorials/3.0/liveremaster/liveremaster.html
both thanks to the flexiboost technology
Linux on flash devices will get more and more popular with time,especially with the sales of mini laptops thats going on lately. So it will be a good idea to make it possible (via some automated script or something) for one to install it on a flash thumb or sd card.
VL business plan- would be great if we start to see laptops and computers with VL preinstalled
,or flash thumbs with VL on them- i believe that the hardware+software combo sells more than just software.
VL's Interface design- It made great leaps and i cant really add anything here but a praise to the people who made that possibel and had the exterior design in consideration while getting the latest version ready.
VL's logo and name - some distros make publicity stunts such as slightly changing their names,logos,even merging with other distro projects and so on. I dont think Vec needs any of that.A redesign of the logo for version 6 would give it a fresh vibe though..
these are my thoughts and crazy ideas on the topic curently.What do you guys think?How can a distro's popularity grow?