Stretchedthin's comment caused me to reflect on the complexities of modern life and also write this post:
My general rule of change should apply here: never change anything unless the cost of compliance with the new rule is justified by the benefit. So please replace wicd with network manager only if network manager is so much better than wicd that it justifies the time and expense of having thousands of user learn how to use it. And even then, please be sure that WICD is in the repositories so that those of us who believe that most change violates my general rule have the option to use WICD.
And, if grub, which so far as I can recall I have never used, is to become even more of a standard, please be sure that those of us who use lilo and who have never had a problem with it can easily continue to do so. Looks like you are doing this, though I question why lilo should be an "advanced" option. I am certainly not advanced. I read about people having boot-loader problems. They seem to me to mostly be using grub.
I have been using VL since at least 5.8 and the changes made have generally been improvements. More particularly, with each new release, the upgrade process seems to get easier. I am particularly impressed with the recent improvements which allow us to accurately import our old settings. So long as I keep ext4 and don't reformat my home directory, the upgrade process has become virtually painless.