I recently installed vl 5.8 std on an old box with a small hd. In the install process I choosed to not install x, to save the space of xfce, since it cant run on 64mb of ram. The owner of the machine still wants a desktop so I installed X and JWM with slapt-get, with no much hopeness. The X init scripts depends on xfce and the x server is too much for me to configure so I made a work around just upgrading the hd. I just wanted to share the experience
I am already reading the LFS book and some inet docs to understand the problem more deeply. I think there is an option in vasm to change the default desktop, may be is a way to fix this.
May be a separated option for X and the desktops can be done to make the installer more flexible. I see the x init files are now in the x11 package and needs to be hacked for the desired desktop, so looks like this has not a quick solution. I dont know if this can be done in any way, and if it is useful or desirable to change the way it works now.
Please note this is not a request, I just want to share the experience and bring the subject in to the consideration of the forum