Vector Linux – Lightweight Full Desktop.

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November 13, 2014 by aubreykloppers


After some hassle with the boot process from a formatted USB key, the installation seems quite straight forward.

The first thing that struck me was the default usage of “reiserfs” as it’s disk format.  Now, as you might not have known, Paul Reiser killed his wife and got 15 years jail-time.  This was such a knock in the linux-community as Hans Reiser is a brilliant linux scientist.  He is the inventor of  a high-speed low latency high-availability disk file system called ReiserFS.  You can read more about him here:

Changing some stuff:

To get Vector booting from a  key, you need to dump the ISO to the USB key using something like “unetbootin”, then edit the file “syslinux.cfg”, you will find this file in a directory called “syslinux”.  Change the file to look like this:

default /isolinux/kernel/sata initrd=/isolinux/init.lz vga=normal splash=silent load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=0 rw root=/dev/ram
prompt 1
timeout 300
display /isolinux/message.txt
F1 f1.txt
label install
kernel /isolinux/kernel/sata
append initrd=/isolinux/init.lz vga=normal load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=0 rw root=/dev/ram

label linux
kernel /isolinux/kernel/sata

You will see that you have to add “/isolinux/” to all the files the boot-process needs.

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