@roarde: nothing will break, since stretchedthin provided a new package. Besides, if you installed LXDE, you got hal anyways, so even the previous version would not cause any problems.
The problem I describe is only for those who chose the "Light" option upon install. That choice does not include hal.
Along the way, VL7 Light developed multiple personalities. There is a big difference between the IceWM version and LXDE. I've come to like IceWM a lot. It is amazing how you can customize it. For example, I built a "kiosk" computer and set it to run with no panel, no titlebars and run nothing but a maximized browser. I like the fact that you can arrange the menu items the way you want them, and only include what you want. I'm also willing to trade some automation for performance. Sticking to the "manual" approach, removing hal made sense to me. I figured those who wanted more daemons would choose LXDE.