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VectorLinux Light B3 released.
« on: March 08, 2009, 07:30:20 am »
It's testing time again. Light Beta 3 is here:
md5sum 07384698e769f76148b8aa60503e5e54

To create a version suitable for older/slower computers, the Vector team started with VL6.0 Standard Gold and replaced XFCE/LXDE with IceWM/JWM. The most resource hungry applications were removed, and where feasible, replaced with lighter alternatives. Running services are kept to a minimum. ISO image file has been re-done with less compression that can be handled by lower spec machines. Download is 615 MB and a full install consumes 2.6 GB of hard drive space.

Light is biased towards simplicity and performance, but you get a complete and capable system. It can easily be expanded using the gslapt package manager or by compiling your own applications. Package selection includes Pcmanfm 0.5 as your file and desktop manager. Opera provides a fast and standards compliant web browser with Flashplayer 10 and Mplayer plugins, as well as e-mail and bittorrent clients. Firefox is also available. For local multimedia playback you will find Xmms, Gmplayer and Xine. Vburn takes care of basic CD burning tasks. The Wicd network manager makes it easy to manage wireless connections. Pidgin Instant Messenger works with IRC, AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Google talk and several other services. The ultra-light Siag Office provides basic word processing and spreadsheet functionality. Graphics are handled by Gqview, Xpdf and Mtpaint. Additional programs include Xarchiver, Leafpad, Ripperx, Xchat, Gftp, Dillo, HV3 and the Fox applications. You can choose between the GDM or KDM login managers. GDM has the advantage of offering easy localization for non-English users. Default auto-mounter for removable devices is vl-hot.

Fearless volunteers are encouraged to give this one a torture test and report their findings here:

Full changelog:
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Removed XFCE and LXDE bulk packages
Added optional bulks siag-office, windows-networking and icewm
Removed packages vlati, vlnvidia, PySolFC, penguin-command, xgalaga, amsn, seamonkey, xchat, jpilot, scribus, catfish, firestarter, kdelibs, bluefish, gambas2, deluge, gimp, gphoto2, inkscape, k3b, medit
Made wicd optional
Made cups optional
Made gdm optional
Added optional kdm-small
Modified X11 bulk:
 Removed: abiword-plugins-2.6.5-i586-1vl60
 Removed: abiword-extras-2.6.5-i586-1vl60
 Removed: abiword-docs-2.6.5-i586-1vl60
 Removed: abiword-2.6.5-i586-1vl60
 Removed: gnumeric-1.8.2-i586-2gsb
 Removed: goffice-0.6.6-i586-1vl60
 Removed: vasmCC-1.0.12-i586-3vl59
 Removed: gambas2-runtime-2.10.2-i586-1vl60
 Removed: vlc-0.9.3-i586-1vl60
 Removed: vpackager-1.0.11-i586-1vl59
 Removed: xscreensaver-5.05-i486-1
 Removed: postgresql-8.3.0-i586-3gsb
 Removed: gtkpod-0.99.12-i586-3vl60
 Removed: link-grammar-4.4.1-i586-1vl60
 Removed: kdesu-3.5.10-i586-1vl60
 Removed: gksu-2.0.0-i586-4gsb
 Removed: libgksu-2.0.5-i586-1gsb
 Upgraded: libgphoto2-2.4.3-i586-1vl60 to libgphoto2-2.4.4-i586-1vl60.tlz
 Installed new: UltimateGnome-1.0-noarch-1vl60.tlz
 Installed new: aumix-2.8-i486-1.tlz
 Installed new: gtk-theme-switch-ex-2.0.0-i586-1vl60.tlz
 Installed new: hv3-nightly_08_0203-i586-1vl60.tlz
 Installed new: icewm-1.2.35-i586-1vl60.tlz
 Installed new: icewmvmods-0.1-noarch-1vl60.tlz
 Installed new: jwm-2.0.1-i586-1vl60.tlz
 Installed new: leafpad-0.8.14-i586-1vl60.tlz
 Installed new: pcmanfm-0.5-i586-2vl60.tlz
 Installed new: ripperX-2.6.7-i586-1vl60.tlz
 Installed new: vburn-0.7.1-noarch-2vl60.tlz
 Installed new: xine-lib-
 Installed new: xine-ui-0.99.5-i686-1.tlz
 Upgraded: arts-1.5.9-i586-1vl60 to arts-1.5.9-i486-2.tlz
 Upgraded: libpng-1.2.29-i586-1vl60 to libpng-1.2.35-i586-1vl60.tlz
 Installed new: mtpaint-3.30-i586-1vl60.tlz
 Installed new: gtkfind-1.1-i586-1vl60.tlz
 Installed new: xscreensaver-5.05-i486-1.tlz
 Installed new: gksu-1.0.7-i586-1vl59.tlz
 Removed: vburn-0.7-noarch-2vl60
 Installed new: vburn-0.7.1-noarch-1vl60.tlz
Modified veclinux bulk:
 Removed: cups-1.3.9-i586-2vl60
 Removed: samba-3.0.33-i486-1_slack12.1
 Removed: hdparm-9.6-i586-1vl60
 Installed new: hal-0.5.10-i486-2.tlz
 Installed new: hdparm-9.10-i586-1vl60.tlz
 Installed new: netkit-ftp-0.17-i486-1.tlz
 Installed new: openrdate-1.2-i586-1vl60.tlz
Modified vlconfig2 bulk:
 Removed: vl-hot-config-2.1.0-i586-1vl60
 Removed: vcpufreq-2.0.2-i586-2vl60
 Installed new: sbbuilder-0.4.12-noarch-1vl60.tlz
 Installed new: cdtool-2.1.8-i386-1.tlz
Globally deleted numerous files related to removed packages.
Updated documentation
Re-compressed bulks with lzma -2


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Re: VectorLinux Light B3 released.
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2009, 05:22:14 pm »
Congratulations on the new release!  I'll download this evening and begin testing tomorrow.

Thanks for all your hard work.  It is appreciated.
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