Live Edition is a bootable CDROM which contain the entire
VectorLinux operating system on the CD. This enables the user to
test a distribution on their system without the need of
re-partitioning and installing to the hard drive. This Live version
also enables the user to use their favorite operating system on any
computer, without affecting the computer for future users. If you
wish you may install the Live Edition to your hard drive, but it is
recommended you choose our Standard, SOHO or Light Edition instead
if you wish to do this.
Using the VL
Live CD requires the following:
- BIOS configured so that the
CDROM/DVD drive is set to boot first in the list of boot
- an absolute minimum of 256MB of RAM,
in fact you probably need 512MB for a good experience
- the password for all users,
including "root" is "vector"
- patience: the entire operating
system and all applications are loaded into RAM as required from
your relatively slow optical drive. Optical drive read speeds are
much slower than hard drive read speeds. Thus Live CD's are
really only used as testbeds to see whether you like the distro or
as repair tools.
As at March 1st,
2009 the most recent version of VL Live is VL5.9 Standard Live. VL
Live 5.9 defaults to the xfce desktop environment but you also have
a choice of fluxbox and jwm window managers. A newer version 6.0 of
Standard Live is expected possibly mid 2009. Stay tuned. You can
check our website or our forum (links above) for release details
and there you can also learn of the system requirements and
included packages for the upcoming new releases.