I've not tried any VL 7, so I'm working from a few screenshots or mostly from description:
The look is close to what most who don't (yet) config will want. It has its drawbacks in available screen and speed, but it's probably a good set for those who stay mostly "out-of-the-box".
We who want something unlike everything else are harder to satisfy. Best bet in this case is a "Light" that's even more minimal than we've seen released so far. Make it even easier to just add what we want from there, the way we want it.
And now for an opinion which must be the only correct one, as it is mine -- it's been said a few times in backchannels, irc, in private, etc., but should be said out loud:
Do Light First! (well, after 7.0 as it's so close to release and all . . .)
or perhaps an "almost-light" to which a few things would be added to get Light itself. Adding quite a few to the same base would get STD, etc. Use this base for all packaging. I'm not the one to know, but it seems this would make some things easier for the devs and more satisfying to a wider user audience.
As for STD, past releases have a higher user-satisfaction than I'm used to seeing from unixish. 7 seems to be more along the same line, but "more more". Which, even though it's not to my taste, is almost certainly the right direction. STD users are used to a lighter standard than we're seeing now, but that's the way interfaces are going. This would mean some switching flavors of VL, but the "standardness" of all flavors would be increased by working from a pre-made common base, and the number of flavors needed wouldn't increase; perhaps the number would decrease, or which variety was for what use would be clearer.