Whoa easy now, it seems to me that tripleRsystem is just trying to answer the call that started this thread.
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Thank you for the kind words. My problem is Vector has been around longer than Ubuntu, mint or even pclos. In fact we are older than than 90% of the distros on distrowatch but still people do not know vector and still think its a new distro much of the time. We get usually five reviews per release all generally good to excellent
and yet no respect............what are we to do .............after 10 years I am out of ideas.............so new ideas would be good!
I have re-read your comments and see nothing negative about them. I also agree Vector can be better promoted. (No dos bombs, or whatever you called them.) However, if we are going to advertise a better mousetrap, we have to be confident it is a better mousetrap. Since VL 6.0 is on the horizon, maybe the best energies can be spent encouraging the development that you believe will make Vector a better solution for a larger number of people.
Really there are probably 100's of different reasons people choose what will be their distro, but finding the magic 20% of the most important ones, that will attract 80% of the users is really how you capture a market. (To continue your business analogy, which I completely understood from the get go.)
Other wise you become a niche player. And there is nothing wrong with that either, you just have to be comfortable with a smaller market and that's not what I hear in Vectors comment above.
My 2 bits earlier in this thread was to give newbies the answers for the questions they are most likely to be asking right at start up. In the form of a pop up web page. In short make it simple by educating before the frustrations rather than after them.
I've also read user comments in this forum who would like GSlapt to be more consistent with descriptions of the application and it's dependencies.
Others, simply would like a larger number of applications in the repository.
However, to Caitlyns credit, three of the biggest hot buttons people do have are internationalization, updates / upgrades that just work, and security.
I think the points that sold me are the speed, hardware recognition, good selection of apps on the disk, ease of installation (try adding a home partition to Ubuntu as a newbie), and this forum.
So what do you think we should add, where is the most juice for the squeeze?