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Author Topic: Hello from Texas  (Read 3936 times)
anxious
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« on: July 17, 2008, 11:07:43 am »

Hi all,

New guy here.  Been running Debian for last couple of years.  Read several reviews about Vector Linux and am really interested in this distribution. 

Anyway, my real name is Mike.  I have been a developer now for the last 26 years.  Got into Linux back in 1998 ( I think ) with Mandrake 7.

May I ask - I am a lil confused about which distro version to download and install.  I am a KDE man, my hardware is good - 2gb ram, 3.2ghz clock speed, nvidia 8600GT video card,  400gb internal drive, 750gb USB external drive, 22" LCD monitor, HP Officejet 7310 all in one printer.  My PC is a Compaq SA4000T - has firewire, several USB ports and a 9 in 1 card reader.

Could someone point me to the right distro to try?

Thank you.


Mike

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nightflier
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2008, 11:27:37 am »

Hi Mike.

Another KDE user here  Smiley  You can download the SOHO version of the older VL 5.8 for free. The current 5.9 version is for sale, but there is a "Live Preview" that you can use to test that one out.

Otherwise, you can use the free 5.9 Standard and install KDE using the package manager.

Welcome to VL,
Roy
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2008, 11:35:01 am »

Welcome Mike!
Glad to have you aboard and certainly hope you decide to stay.  We can use your experience here. With your hardware you can swiftly run anything we have to offer here. nightflier pretty much summed it up telling you your KDE options.

Tell my Mom in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area Hello for me please Smiley
Take care,
Lee
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anxious
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2008, 11:44:52 am »

Hi Mike.

Another KDE user here  Smiley  You can download the SOHO version of the older VL 5.8 for free. The current 5.9 version is for sale, but there is a "Live Preview" that you can use to test that one out.

Otherwise, you can use the free 5.9 Standard and install KDE using the package manager.

Welcome to VL,
Roy


Excellent!  Thank you, Roy.  Can you install from the Live Preview?
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anxious
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2008, 11:46:07 am »

Tell my Mom in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area Hello for me please Smiley
Take care,
Lee

LOL.  Sure will.
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2008, 12:57:10 pm »

Can you install from the Live Preview?

Nope, sorry.
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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2008, 03:35:00 pm »

Welcome aboard Mike,
Hope you enjoy the distro..
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2008, 01:47:45 am »

Last night I tried out the live preview - detected my nvidia card and installed the driver - priceless!

As far as pkg mgmt - roughly how many are in the repos?
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2008, 05:25:03 am »

It's a bit tough to compare our package count to other distributions package counts. Most distributions split one single application into countless smaller packages. Don't quote me as this is a example I'm making on the fly. Packages will often be broken down into foo-1.2.3.rpm, foo-1.2.3-dev.rpm, foo-1.2.3-data.rpm, foo-1.2.3-config.rpm and such.  Our packages are all complete.  Just foo-1.2.3.tlz, are all rolled up into one.  Just as if you had compiled it yourself.
Also some of our packages are actually several related programs combined.  For example Gnuchess.  If I remember correctly it is made of 5 or 6 chess related programs and dependancies.  SDL is another.  Several SDL_xxx apps are combined.

So as I've attempted to clarify, comparing package count to other distros isn't easy. Currently our 5.9 repos have a combined count of 1551 packages. But just to screw with your head even more, many of these are dupes with different versions, as packages are waiting in our testing repo, or there are upgrades and fixes as well.

As far as unique packages are concerned.  I haven't the slightest idea. The question hasn't bothered me enough to invest the time to sort through all the dupes to single them out.

After all this explaining, I'll bet your question isn't answered.  But at least you now know what we know Smiley

Edit: Keep in mind we love you guys.  You can always request a package that we don't have in our repos, in the package requests section of the forum.  Our packagers read these threads and do a pretty good job of delivering.
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2008, 08:25:29 am »

WoW!... I've never thought about it that way exeterdad.... But you're the package guy, so your argument makes a lot more sense than mine (My argument="") Wink

You've really put things in perspective... well stated
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2008, 07:16:24 pm »

LOL exterdad.  Smiley


Welcome to Vector Linux Mike! I am sure you will enjoy this sweet operating system and its wonderful community. Looks like you have a decent computer and you will be impressed with the speed of VL on it. Have fun!

EDIT:
Here are a few things that you may be interested:

Since you are a developer, you may be interested in the 5.9 SOHO version which has several development tools on the second disc.
VPackager http://code.google.com/p/vpackager/ (The included packaging utility for compiling and creating installable packages graphically)
Check out my website www.VectorLinuxSolutions.com. (LOL, have to get that one in there.  Wink)
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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2008, 07:35:48 am »

Hi, Mike.
Welcome to VL.
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« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2008, 08:42:59 am »

btw, Welcome to VL Mike. Another guy from Texas here ( I live near pearland (just south of Houston))
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