RE: VL 5.9 Light A2.3
My hard drive is nominally 6.4 GB, with a 400MB swap and df shows 35% disk usage, so 0.35 x 6000 = 2100 MB. So I calculate the size of the installation is 2.1 GB. If there is a better way to calculate this, let me know.
Suggestion: Instead of mounting just a single drive type (CD-ROM) with the Mount icon, why not scan all the storage devices, namely, optical drives, usb device, floppy drive. Or rather, clicking the Mount icon should present user with menu and user decides which device to mount by clicking on that devices icon.
CBC Radio stream plays okay in xine (from Run) and the MPlayer plugin (click provided link). (I guess that's the MPlayer plugin, anyway.)
XFE dragbar still inaccessible.
The black and blue skins selected for gmplayer and xmms are hard to read, especially on a dark desktop background. Particularly, the hardly visible Minimize-Maximize-Quit buttons in the upper right corner: dark gray on a black background. There is a "black hat" feel to this that is a little off-putting. I prefer function, good visibility and contrast over style.* In this case I would suggest light gray navigation buttons and panels for xmms and gmplayer, like in xine. The visibility issue will be critical for newbies: to learn how to use xine and gmplayer, a newbie must be able to easily see the controls.
*Take GoblinX for instance. Now that's an unattractive motif to look at...goblins. I would try GoblinX: it's Slackware-based, it's small, it's Brazilian. Rather than exemplifying sunny Brazil, the themes are macabre and ghoulish. I wouldnt wanna look at that as a steady diet, and I would wonder about the distro's proponents. This sort of death theater is not intended for mass appeal, to say the least.
Although I recall setting up a root account during installation, I can't access a root desktop as I might with VL Std. I login as root and get the login dialog again.
Good selection of apps, so far. VL Light is lookin good.