Yeah, this is just kicking ideas around.
Re packing for Slack instead of VL: a little ambivalence here. Good to give back, but what about the CFLAGs and performance?
I know some people (particularly those using distros set to i386 flags) claim optimising for i686, i586 etc gives no performance boost to speak of, but I'm not so sure of that.
Again, just kicking ideas around, I can see a "hot-slack" repository, with the packages built at least with -O2 -march=i486 -mtune=i686 and better, with our own -O2 -mtune=i686 -march=i586
edit: 'doh, just poking around in slack source packages and found "-O2 -march=i486 -mtune=i686" used.