Hi overthere, and thank you for responding to my post. I think it was the sense of community, if that makes sense. I have asked some really stupid questions from time to time and here at Vector everyone is always helpful and polite. Over at Salix, the main developer would often address my questions with sarcastic remarks. He always seems to have a touch of hubris about him. I'm not sure why.
As far as the distro goes - it is okay I guess. I did learn from one member how to take a package and install it via pkgtool, which I had never done before. That was fun and cool.
The default browser needs some maturing I think. They use Midori, but you can also use Firefox ESR. So the distro is okay, maybe my expectations are too high. I tend to get my feelings stepped on easily.