VectorLinux 7.0 goes gold after two years
The developers of the compact VectorLinux distribution have announced that, nearly two years after the release of version 6.0, they have released version 7.0 of their operating system. Described as "the fastest Linux desktop in its class bar none" by its developers, VectorLinux 7.0, code-named "GG", sports a desktop based on Xfce-4.8, with an option to use FluxBox as an alternative desktop.
The system includes audio and video codecs, support for DVD playback and plug-ins for multimedia and Java support. Among the applications included are Gimp, Inkscape, Shotwell, Firefox, Opera, Pidgin, XChat, the Brasero CD burner, Mplayer, Xine, Exaile, Gnumeric and Abiword. On a repository with over a thousand application packages, users can also find the likes of LibreOffice.
Beneath the desktop and applications, VectorLinux 7.0 is powered by version 3.0.8 of the Linux kernel. Networking drivers have been updated and Wicd is now used to manage wireless and wired connections while the Ufw firewall and the Gufw configuration GUI offer protection for those connections. The product page carries more details on what is included in VectorLinux.
A 32-bit installable CD of Vector Linux 7.0 Standard Edition Gold and a live CD image of Vector Linux 7.0 Live are available to download; the developers are currently testing a 64-bit version.