Thank you, Mark, for your explanation of what was happening. I, also, have experienced these issues while I was trying to setup a couple of machines to get back into Linux. I thought mine were my own lack of knowledge and, with other problems, have reverted to VL6.
At present, it is handling my computing needs with one exception: I have a major spreadsheet that the spreadsheet offerings in Linux can't handle and Wine (at least on my machine) can't handle Excel (Office 97). I still need to try the one in Office 95.
My current project is to setup another machine for a friend. Once I get the hardware set up, I'll see if I can get VL7 to work for him. It should be a piece of cake for him as his needs are letters and simple spreadsheets.