Hello, all. Sorry for my absence but I've been incredibly busy.
Just installed the new RC2.
A couple of issues:
When selecting the expert driver install for nvidia, if version 100.14.23 is chosen, the driver is not installed (apparently because the right nvidia-installer file cannot be found). It goes immediately to the end of Xorg configuration, and vesa got automatically selected instead. If any of the other driver versions is selected, everything goes fine. If "latest Nvidia" is selected instead of "expert install", the 100.14.23 driver now installs just fine as well. I replicated this in VASM after installing, and this problem was also present in the first RC1.
Not very important, but still noticeable: The volume control panel in Xfce doesn't seem to work the first time I booted into VL. When the volume is increased, the green bar just shows up momentarily and then disappears (even though sound is working just fine). After a reboot, the green bar now works, but the default control is PCM, not the Front channel. Incidentally, the channels are now labeled as Front, Side, etc... while in VL 5.8, this applet's properties allowed Vol, LineIN, Mic...
Looks like 5.9 is going to be a fantastic release. Thank you to all who contributed to it.