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« on: August 03, 2006, 10:18:50 am »

Carrying on where this thread on the previous Forum left off......
http://www.vectorlinux.com/forum1/index.php?topic=6304.0

We get mentioned twice on this DesktopLinux.com article ("Reincarnating a discarded laptop with Linux"):
http://www.vectorlinux.com/forum1/index.php?topic=6304.0
Their distro links and requirements are a bit old (Standard 2.5 and SOHO 5.0) however.
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2006, 11:53:10 am »

Vector gets a mention in Linux User and Developer issue 63.  It gets a 4 out of 5 herring rating... or rather 5.1 Standard RC4 Live CD does.

They sum it up with the pros and cons thus:

Pros: Fast and lively, runs well without tweeking, decent GUI admin tools, good hardware recognition routines, excellent and well rounded choice of applications.

Cons: Poor documentation, amateur desktop design and installation glitches mar an otherwise excellent product.

The reviewer really do not like the look of it "The desktop in each case is themed in identical blue VectorLinux manner, with ugly icons and rather obtrusive styling which could well rival other OSes in terms of poor aesthetic judgement,"


Personally I like the default wallpapers and others have praised them as looking good, so I think aesthetics are clearly a matter of taste.
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2006, 04:18:40 pm »

Personally I like the default wallpapers and others have praised them as looking good, so I think aesthetics are clearly a matter of taste.
Indeed! I believe the important thing is to be consistent and follow your "corporate image" at all times. Fads are just that..... so go for the longer term user-expectations instead.
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2006, 12:37:40 am »

The review was two pages long, which isn't bad... and they generally liked it, though it was a rc4 version not final.... so I think they were a little harsh.  I really like the watery background with the logo, its a matter of taste.    BTW why are we getting ZZzzz popping up over the forum?
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2006, 10:18:34 am »

Just did my regular check of the VL page on Wikipedia and found a new link was just added to a "Vector Linux Fan Site" (http://vectorlinux.webarticles.org/) from Ciprian Dosoftei.
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2006, 02:57:38 am »

well,vector's default icon theme and designs are pretty ordinary  Roll Eyes

Also that blue is so tiresome for the eyes.

Why dont you focus on:

more crayon blue:
#ecedf3
combinated with Silver-ish
and a little golden yellow

Look at these Icons:
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=29825

dont you think they fit vector perfectly? With a more lighter wallpaper!!?
We should open a thread about vector's theme design.
Stop using kde's defaults, icewm defaults,xfce defaults. There are so many cusotomisations out there. Do we have to stick with that dark blue all the time?
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2006, 05:24:06 am »

---snip---

We should open a thread about vector's theme design.
Stop using kde's defaults, icewm defaults,xfce defaults. There are so many cusotomisations out there. Do we have to stick with that dark blue all the time?

I started a thread in the VL 6.0 thread in the General Development forum on the topic of discussion of theming VL.

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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2006, 04:17:36 pm »

Do we have to stick with that dark blue all the time?
That has been VL's "corporate image" till now, like that brown for Ubuntu. Such things should not be changed lightly. This does not mean more choices should not be included as alternatives.
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2006, 07:05:27 pm »

I tend to agree, the watery blue background with the logo is a signature design that gives the distro a good look and feel.  I quite like the purple version too (on dynamite).  While the look should be secondary to the functionality having a wonderful slick looking distro helps a great deal with recognition.
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2006, 06:55:39 am »

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Cons: Poor documentation, amateur desktop design ...
we will keep the blue... but lets make it more like the V on vector's logo and less like the Planet ( the blue and green on the planet dont blend well with anything ,because their colors are too contrast  Undecided ) plus that they tend to look exactly like Kde's default look and feel colors.

If you dont want to change the default background (which is i dont know anymore from what time), then atleast stop using the defaults of every desktop environment.Thats a bad design choice. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2006, 08:34:17 am »

VectorLinux was mentioned in a comment posted in reply to an article about DesktopBSD. See the Newsforge article here: http://os.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/09/01/2053249&from=rss. To quote the mention of VL:

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[DesktopBSD] reminds me of what the VectorLinux project does with Slackware (my favorite distro, personally). Like FreeBSD, on which Slackware is much patterned, Slackware has two reputations: one deserved, the other, in my opinion, not as deserved. The first is its solidity. Totally spot-on. The other is that of being "as user-friendly as a coiled rattlesnake." While I do question that assertion, VectorLinux does make a very slick Slackware tweak, which I like a lot.

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« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2006, 01:59:46 am »

Do we have to stick with that dark blue all the time?
That has been VL's "corporate image" till now, like that brown for Ubuntu. Such things should not be changed lightly. This does not mean more choices should not be included as alternatives.

Some people think the Ubuntu color scheme looks like doo doo. I think it's just fine + I like the Bantu word. My only problem with Ubuntu is that it runs like doo doo. Maybe we should hold an imbizo over this matter.
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« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2006, 01:49:20 am »

Do we have to stick with that dark blue all the time?
That has been VL's "corporate image" till now, like that brown for Ubuntu. Such things should not be changed lightly. This does not mean more choices should not be included as alternatives.

Some people think the Ubuntu color scheme looks like doo doo. I think it's just fine + I like the Bantu word. My only problem with Ubuntu is that it runs like doo doo. Maybe we should hold an imbizo over this matter.
hjaha,indeed a doo doo  Grin

the only thing that i like in ubuntu is its driving force,the people behind it.That's ubuntu's power.Also,they are actually trying to bring innovation,apart of making linux more famous.Linux giants too- suse,fedora... (mandrake is out of the list,because all they did was cashing in,and rereleasing an utterly buggy distro (atm trying to reclaim their lost fame by adding xgl/compiz to their default pack))

but ubuntu (canonical) ,suse,fedora(redhat)... they all have a big company behind them.
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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2006, 01:03:13 pm »

Hello guys. I agree with Blurry on Ubuntu being a tard slower than Vector and some other distros, but in my experience compared to the others like Fedora, Suse, and Mandrake, Ubuntu runs as fast or faster. Comparing to slack and vector , well that is a slightly different story.

But one thing that sucked me to VL and that impressed me with VL 5.1 Soho was the ability to install apps via gslapt much like synaptic in Ubuntu or the debian-based flavors.

Speed-wise Vector and other slack derivatives are better. But when it comes to ease of finding packages via the gui, nothing comes close to dapper or debian flavors to my knowledge, besides maybe PClinuxos.

VLs advantage, when something is amiss with experience you can use the message to get what is missing manually from slackit or linuxpackages. Lately, this no longer happens. I believe gslapt is really getting there.  But synaptic or apt-get from debian is still more robust.

It is quite easy for me to tweak Dapper to get bleeding-edge stuff without hassles. The documentations on their wikis and forum search are near impeccable.

The ease and speed of getting bloat is fast. If I want kde 3.5.4 on my Ubuntu install, I simply go to synaptic and enter kubuntu-desktop, for xfce, xubuntu, for enlightenment, fluxbox, and more, it is all handles easily. Also when an upgrade is required you get a flashing notifier..

So I can see why many an individual use it. I often go there since that was one of the places I started off in to point others seeking more control and speed to VL.

Now what hooked me to VL was the beauty, polish, and drastic success of enlightenment on it. What tied me to it permanently, was the responsiveness of the folks here, the community, and the rate of knowledge, the user gains, not to mention the simplistic way, slack was recreated for a clueless beginner like myself to install.

Ubuntu is awesome and worry-free. Ofcourse as Blurrymind would testify, and as some other friend I know, including myself due to all the dependencies requirement, should you wish to troubleshoot a package installed wrong, this would prove more difficult than in Slack. In slack or VL, something missing for install, just find it from linuxpackages, download and install it with installpkg or pkgtool.

However, most average users do not push that envelope or get to that point.

 
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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2006, 10:56:15 pm »

On the subject of reviews and mentions this thread from Blag may give some insights.... http://forums.blagblagblag.org/viewtopic.php?t=2622
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