OK lets go back to first principles, what do we want Vector Linux to be?
Two main versions - one light and very very fast, and one designed for the Small Office/Home Office.
So what does that mean, given our previously stated goals of choice, speed and stability?
Well the light version, as now should include all the applications you would need for average home use of the computer.... The target market for that is older machines and an extensible base system for newer machines.
The Soho version should include all that a person would need to run a small business from home - and that by definition probably requires a higher spec machine than the minimum specs for the standard or light version.
For choice - to me anyway - it doesn't mean that we cram everything that we could want on the install disk so that we have 4 or 5 apps that do much the same job, its about having a well stocked repository of applications that install with no problems via the package manager. Now in the past we have had some problems with apps in the repository not being able to be loaded onto some systems due to the apps being built on specific versions. This suggests that we may need to organise a separate repository for the standard and the soho versions.... this might go some way to making the system very user friendly. From this you can tell I voted for the Gslapt and repository option...
But it is more than that, OK there are all the bells and whistles now being added, if we can get those included great, but only when we know that they are bug free enough to go mainstream.... I don't have much experience of them so I can't comment further on that, but Id put them in the nice catagory.
Likewise getting a graphical installler, yes it is newbie friendly if its mainly automated, but make sure we have a robust "text" installer as well....
I'd love to see a return to offering IceWM - with or without ROX, on the the light/standard version, but would be happy to see this as an extra - especially if there was a meta package that could install a version configured to look as good as the version for VL 5.01 and 5.1 did - is that possible? That would require a unified looks and feel - with themes mirroring the default theme in KDE or Xfce complete with a menu that reflects the aps.
The documentation should be relevant to the version being used, complete with appropriate links the the forums.
And finally it should all work out of the box.
So in short no real knockout punches, just a matter of getting it all to gel and be right. Incremental improvements. I suspect the big jump will be the graphical installer - the rest is mainly about polish and balance and continuing to get it right... does that make any sense?