My name is Scot and I just started running VL 5.9 Gold on my Gateway 4530GZ laptop (1.6 Mhz Pentium M725, 512 MB RAM, 60 gig hard drive).
What a really nice distro VL is! I'd been running Ubuntu 6.10-7.10 and decided I wanted to try something different. Man, VL really screams. It just seems much snappier than Ubuntu was w/ Gnome. Don't get me wrong, Ubuntu was a fine distro, however, VL just seems really elegant to me w/ the lightweight window manager, graphics, and choice of default apps. Also, set-up was relatively painless, other than fiddling w/ alsamixer.
So, thanks to all the developers. Job well done!
PS - from reading through the forums the community seems really nice too...