I am neither a first-time Linux user nor a first-time VectorLinux user, but I have a question or two that might help me to avoid some pain in returning to Vector after a long layoff. I used Vector 5.8 some time ago (SOHO I think), but didn't hang on to it long. I had limited space and I was distro-hopping looking for a home. I eventually found one, but that's another story. Here is my current situation:
I have an ASUS Pro50G Series (F5GL mobo) Dual Core Pentium T3400 laptop; 2Gb RAM, 250Gb HDD, nVidia Glx graphics. Beast is partitioned as follows:
sda1 - 9.8Gb FAT
sda2 - 97.7Gb NTFS (Vista Home Premium)
sda3 - Extended
sda5 - 2.5Gb ext2 (Linux Boot - Grub gfxboot + recent ISO storage)
sda6 - 10Gb ext2 (Puppy 476Alpha - Ubuntu compatible)
sda7 - 10Gb ext2 (Puppy 4.12)
sda8 - 10Gb ext2 (Puppy 4.21)
sda9 - 10Gb ext2 (Puppy 4.21 - development)
sda10 - 10Gb ext2 (Puppy 4.2SMP)
sda11 - 50.62Gb ext2 (Data storage)
sda12 - 21.38Gb ext3 (Linux Mint)
sda13 - 994.19Mb Linux Swap
I boot through the NT Loader to Grub (gfxboot) and then into whatever flavour Linux I'd prefer at the time. The question is what do I need to know/avoid in order to simply add VectorLinux 6.0 STD to my list of options? Will the Vector graphical installer simply append an entry to my existing Grub menu.lst or do I run the risk of having it throw LILO into my boot partition and perhaps having to rebuild my setup?
Yeah, I know. I should just boot the installer and follow the prompts BUT I'm a cautious type. I believe in asking first rather than regretting later.
As you can see I have had an extended stay with Puppy Linux. I hope that's not a "dirty word" around here (Caitlyn). I have also spent time with Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS, Slackware12, OpenSUSE, Mandriva, Ubuntu, Mepis, Xandros and a whole bunch of others. At one time Puppy was compiled under Vector Linux, so I feel the association may prove fruitful. A bit like Goldilocks, I'm looking for a new home but don't want to upset anything or anyone while testing the chairs and beds for comfort, so to speak. Any advice?