VectorLinux for noob with old laptop?

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  1. The Shadow

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    Hey guys,

    I'm a long-time Windows user with a hankering to try Linux. As I'm about to replace my 7-year old laptop (PentiumM 1.8GHz, 512MB RAM, 60GB HDD) with a new Win7 laptop, I thought I would wipe WinXP off the old laptop and install a Linux distro. I took one of the 'which distro is best for me' tests and it's #1 recommendation was VectorLinux.

    As I don't really have the time to try several distros, I'd appreciate your thoughts about VL (or a more appropriate distro?). Besides learning how to use Linux, I would be surfing the web, emailing, and doing some basic photo editing.

    TIA
     
  2. Beavenburt

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    I'd say Vector is a good choice. It has it's quirks but generally it's a stable, solid distro. The only way to find out is give it a go.
     
  3. mack_guy911

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    every one has its special choice Vector indeed a good distro try it

    also you can check xubuntu/pclinuxos if you want ease of use

    in youtube there are many videos on xubuntu/pclinuxos and Vector linux reviews please check them if you dont want to download and test it only take few mins ;)

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/vector-7.html


    also you can go for dual boot if you want or just linux ;)

    also if you have less as you said 512 ram 1st create default partitions or atleast one swap partition of 2gb before starting it help a lot

    please check this as well its gnome but same with xfce hope these help :))

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1937234&postcount=6
     
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    Will you please share the link?
     
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    Thanks all - and especially to mg for the youtube links...
    ...I think I'll be giving VectorLinux a go (it looks like the next best thing to a Mac)!

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    PS1. Sorry Vasa, but I no longer have the link I used (but if I find it, I'll post back).

    PS2. Can you guys recommend an integrated email-calendaring app into which I can import my Windows Outlook (pst) files?
     
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  8. vasa1

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    Not to worry ... Here's a 2011 link I spotted. I don't know what their "universe" is. Comments in a couple of forums seem to indicate that the list thrown up depends on input provided by the taker of the test. Time to take the test :D
     
  9. mack_guy911

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    that macish thing can be use in all other distro its dock there are many diffrent vector use cairo

    here some screenshots of xubuntu

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=232753&page=30

    i used docky and awn in above screenshots

    you can try thunderbird i guess it work

    http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/download-email-client-for-linux-mac-osx-windows.html
     
  10. The Shadow

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    Thanks mg - what can you tell me about Evolution as an email-calendar app?
     
  11. JConLine

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    If you have 512MB of RAM then you can run distros other than VectorLInux. I used Vector for some time but it is buggy and not as user friendly as some of the Debian flavors. You could try Crunchbang which is light and fast.

    But with 512MB of RAM I would use something like LinuxMInt LXDE.

    Jim
     
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