After months of work by developers and testers, VL 6.0 Light has reached Release Candidate status:http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-6.0/iso-test/VL6.0-Light-RC1.iso
We encourage you to provide feedback in this thread: http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=9051.0
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 613 MB and a full install consumes close to 3 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. Record audio with flrec. 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.
Modified X11 bulk:
Installed new: fltk-1.1.9-i586-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: flrec-0.12-i586-1vl60.tlz
Installed new: mtpaint_handbook-3.30-noarch-1vl60
Modified veclinux bulk:
Installed new: pysqlite-2.4.1-i586-2gsb.tlz
Upgraded: hdparm-9.10-i586-1vl60 -> hdparm-9.11-i586-1vl60
Modified siag-office bulk:
upgraded siag-3.6.1-i586-5vl60 -> siag-3.6.1-i586-6vl60
Edited explorer_cd to show choice menu on launch
Moved gqview docs from /usr/doc to /usr/share/doc
Added symlink sensible-browser -> browser (needed for help menu in gqview, xarchiver and others)
Updated icewm menu updater, added "deep search" option (finds KDE apps), replaced "Play CD" and "Play DVD" with "CD/DVD"
Added option to run "updatedb" on first run of icewm as root
Added missing symlinks for cdtool
Removed .xinitrc from home dirs (vxwmset now works properly)