Thanks to everyone who responded. The only reason I was considering going swapless is because I am doing a triple boot, and if I have read correctly, I am limited to 4 partitions on a hard drive, unless I start creating logical drives. So that left me with a partition for XP, a partition for Win 7 Beta, and then 2 partitions for the root and home for VL. Can I still create a 5th partition as swap? Thanks again for all the input
You don't need those VectorLinux partitions to be on a primary partition. If you want to have primaries for XP and Win 7 beta, you can partition the rest of the drive as an extended partition. Then create your VectorLinux partitions including your swap.
VectorLinux does not need to be on a primary partition. I don't think it is on any of my three computers. At the one I'm writing this on, I have a FAT32 partition for Windows/Linux file sharing and three partitions for different versions of VL plus a 512 meg swap all on one extended partition (80 gig drive). I've had the drive set up that way for years and everything has always worked fine. The only primary partition on the computer is /dev/hda1, which is a FAT32 partition on which I have a small Win 98SE installation for some old but occasionally important programs that lose some functionality under XP. The rest of the drive is an extended partition with six logical drives. Windows XP is installed on /dev/hda8 (Drive G). /dev/hda1 is the only partition on the whole system with a boot flag.
The NT boot loader lives in /dev/hda1 (Drive C) and it boots Win 98SE, Win XP, and VectorLinux.