Ok, I went over the installation and everything seems to work fine. It asked if it could remove a bunch of other packages additionally to those three above. I did hoping they weren't important. I then installed the no-hal packages and booted back into init 5. Everything seems to work good. Unfortunately, I still have the password screen and once more, it does not remember my password when I tell it to. On the upside, the system was blazzing fast before, but now, it's probably even faster. hal really can be mistaken for hell.