Intel hardware does seem to be an issue for some cases. The VL team is working hard at this as best can be done with the manpower. I'm pretty sure that the team will make some adjustments to some parts as it has always done for user convenience.
Also note that developers' time are thin. Though they are spending every moment they can to address as much as possible. We're in beta stage (obviously) and we're still building and asking you to test and find bugs. Please do not expect that this (like previous betas may have been for some) will be stable enough to use for everyday purposes. Loads of NEWer stuff all over it.
Keep those bugs reports coming in, please... and please keep the KDE bugs over @ KDE's , unless it is something the VL team has done (like say the menu icon which was mentioned in further up this thread).
Suggestions about alternative menu... other apps/stuff
I have not seen any place here where the developers have denied this, or other suggestions. However at this point, I think those (particularly the other menu) might better find an approach in packaging requests. They can be built by our excellent packagers, and tested before a consideration. This would save developing time and well as other bonuses.
The VL team is working hard to make this release an improvement over the last releases as much as possible. So please keep the flow of testing, reporting, suggestions coming in .. please keep debates in apropriate sections of forum.
Hewlett Packard Model BG-843 (aka Xg-943)
Intel celeron 600 MHZ socket 370 (reduced the processor because I gave the 800 to someone who needed)
Go to HP's web site and look for the rest of the spec's.
I was able to install SOHO onto it with little issues and worked with it a few days.
Dell Model Dimension 8250
(look this up too, the slow ram stuff in it as well)
Worked with this, even ran GIMP (and leanred that the swap partition actually does have a purpose) to rebuild the current VL logo and pretty it up for the SOHO DLX.