I realize that, as caitlyn wrote, the VL repositories have far fewer packages than, say, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, Mandriva, or SUSE. Nevertheless, when I recommend Vector Linux to people (which I do whenever somebody seems open to the idea), I can honestly say that there is a wide variety of software packages available which serve most purposes.
Now, having said that, I have a question. Does anybody know more precisely where VL stands in terms of numbers of packages compared to those larger distributions? Or does anybody know where I could find out? I tried googling this subject but couldn't find any hard numbers.
I will say this, though. From my own experience I think that you can download any package from the VL repositories and be fairly certain that not only will dependencies be met but more importantly it won't break your system.
I think that the quality control done by those who manage the repositories is very high.
EDIT: I should have mentioned that I'm working on an opportunity to get Vector Linux deployed in a school system but so far it's still in a very early stage. It may happen or not. I want it to happen, because I think VL would be a good choice for at least some schools.