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Author Topic: Where can I find VectorLinux 5.5?  (Read 1932 times)

maxie

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Where can I find VectorLinux 5.5?
« on: October 28, 2008, 03:16:30 pm »

Hello,

After trying a lot of Linuxes on my old Packard Bell Notebook, the Live CD of VectorLinux 5.5 which I downloaded some months ago, pleases me the most.  :)

The reason is that my screen is 600x800, and the newer version of VectorLinux shows the characters too small and a little distorted. (As do most other Linuxes).  :(

VectorLinux 5.5 shows nice big characters (as Windows does).

So... does anyone knows a way to get an installable version 5.5 or.... is there a way to install from the live CD?

Thanx in advance!  ;D Maxie
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caitlyn

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Re: Where can I find VectorLinux 5.5?
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2008, 03:31:14 pm »

Hi, Maxie,

I'm at a loss since there never was a version 5.5 released.  Vector Linux went from 5.1 to 5.8 to 5.9. 

My recommendation would be for you to download and install Vector Linux 5.9 Light.  It's designed to work on older legacy hardware and should serve as well as any previous version.  Actually, it will be better since it has current, albeit lightweight software and is still being maintained.

http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-5.9/iso-release/VL5.9-Light-FINAL.iso

Regards,
Cait
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Re: Where can I find VectorLinux 5.5?
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2008, 01:37:20 am »

Hi Cait,

Thanks for your fast reply.  :) I thought I had a 5.5 version because on my CD is a changelog.txt (dated 4th March 2007) with the following content:

5.5.0
 
 * fixed another bug in cleanup script
   - created ls symlink to eject the right CD
 * added older version of unionctl which works better then the newer one
 * boot by using loadlin now includes vga=769 boot argument
 * boot by using loadlin and syslinux now includes probeusb argument
 * probeusb now waits 5 seconds instead of 3
 * probeusb accepts value (in seconds), eg. probeusb=10 will wait 10 seconds
 * fixed problem with some missing partitions which should be added to fstab


 5.4.9
 
 * bugfix: /etc/fstab is deleted before update_fstab is called from linuxrc,
   this makes sure there are no old lines (from original distro)
 * bugfix: cleanup script now ejects CD properly
 

 5.4.8

.....etc. down to 2.9.0.22



I tried your suggestion (light version) earlier, it worked OK, but it's also optimized for a 1024x7nn display, so at my 800x600 screen I nearly need a magnifying glass to read the text.

In the repository I found a 5.1 version, maybe I'll try that one!

Thanks again, Maxie
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Re: Where can I find VectorLinux 5.5?
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2008, 06:36:40 am »

I tried your suggestion (light version) earlier, it worked OK, but it's also optimized for a 1024x7nn display, so at my 800x600 screen I nearly need a magnifying glass to read the text.

You should be able to set your screen resolution to 800x600. Boot to TUI mode, run "vasm" > xwindow > xconf and select 800x600 when it gives you the choice. Back out of vasm and run "startx" to test.
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caitlyn

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Re: Where can I find VectorLinux 5.5?
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2008, 12:02:43 pm »

You can also change the text size.  I have VL 5.9 Light running at 640x480 and it looks fine after a little tweaking.  I really, seriously suggest you go that route.

VL 5.1 is three years old and completely unsupported. I guarantee it to have security vulnerabilities that will never, ever be patched.

Re: the ChangeLog, there were undoubtedly development builds that were never released to the public.  I still have a CD with Vector Linux SOHO 5.8.6 RC2 somewhere.  The final version never happened.
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Re: Where can I find VectorLinux 5.5?
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2008, 01:44:43 pm »

Hi Cait,

Thanks for your fast reply.  :) I thought I had a 5.5 version because on my CD is a changelog.txt (dated 4th March 2007) with the following content:

5.5.0
 
 * fixed another bug in cleanup script
   - created ls symlink to eject the right CD
 * added older version of unionctl which works better then the newer one
 * boot by using loadlin now includes vga=769 boot argument
 * boot by using loadlin and syslinux now includes probeusb argument
 * probeusb now waits 5 seconds instead of 3
 * probeusb accepts value (in seconds), eg. probeusb=10 will wait 10 seconds
 * fixed problem with some missing partitions which should be added to fstab


 5.4.9
 
 * bugfix: /etc/fstab is deleted before update_fstab is called from linuxrc,
   this makes sure there are no old lines (from original distro)
 * bugfix: cleanup script now ejects CD properly
 

 5.4.8

.....etc. down to 2.9.0.22


It looks as though the changelog you posted is actually from Wolvix - another slack-based distro: http://files.wolvix.org/wolvix-1.1.0/source/wolvix/linux-live/linux-live-6.1.4/DOC/changelog.txt
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caitlyn

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Re: Where can I find VectorLinux 5.5?
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2008, 01:47:19 pm »

Or from a Vector Linux Live CD.  That's the changelog for the Linux-Live scripts which we do, in fact, use.  Good catch, Newtor!
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