VectorLinux, a useful distribution for older computers

VectorLinux One of the great features of Gnu / Linux is that unlike other operating systems, distributions can run on older computers without spending large amounts of money to upgrade hardware.

One of those distributions is called VectorLinux, a lightweight distribution that is based on the Slackware project but is intended to offer a complete operating system on an older computer.VectorLinux has Xfce as its main desktop, although it offers three alternatives: a lighter alternative that uses Fluxbox or JWM and a heavier alternative that uses KDE.

In addition to the Slackware repositories, VectorLinux has its own selection of software, including Mozilla SeaMonkey, OpenOffice, Scribus, etc ... In addition, VectorLinux includes custom Slackware software such as VCpuFreq that will allow us to modify the speed of our processor or VPackager that It will allow us to install any package from its source code.

VectorLinux uses Xfce as the main desktop

VectorLinux's minimum requirements are extremely minimal, requiring only 64MB of RAM for Fluxbox computers and up to 128MB of RAM for the most complete versions. But for those who don't have an old machine, VectorLinux also has a 64-bit version that will make this distribution fly on those machines.

Recently the latest VectorLinux updates have included several lightweight desktops that will make our tastes complete, in this case we refer to Lxde and the solution provided by IceWM, two lightweight solutions widely used in recent years.

For its installation, we only need to go to its official website , download the installation image to us and then we will record it on a disk or a USB to install it on the computer. Once the disk is inserted, the installation process is similar to other Gnu / Linux distributions.

Personally, I find VectorLinux very interesting since it offers great features for older computers, what happens is that we won't have the latest versions of software to use on our computer, but if we have an old computer, we won't be able to use it either.

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  1.   Alex said

    I have some doubts, such as: What distro is it based on, how much support time do you offer and the cover photo is Xfce?