Your response kind of underpins the reason why VL has not the take up of the "heavy boys". This is a shame. I think you misunderstand the users perspective. Perhaps this is consequent on your strive to develop VL and you have become "lost" in the quest. Allow me to elaborate...
If I go to a PC shop and buy Windows, I can go anywhere, shops, internet, bittorrent etc and get any packages I need. Sure I buy the O/S but then linux IS an open/free foundation buy its very nature. So I take that on board and there are hundred of linux distros.
If I wanted to spend all my time tweaking, building, uploading etc. then I wouldnt have time to do what I want my PC to do.
Look, its simple to me, if you want to play with linux and build a distro, great, good luck to you. I envy your experience and available playtime. For me and thousands of others, we want to install a linux O/S and just "get on with it".
Perhaps in time users will feel comfortable to do what you ask in their precious time (I work 7am through 7pm as an Office IT manager) when I come home, I REALLY dont want to start building packages, okay.
Perhaps if you can afford humility and objectiveness, you can see my perspective.
Notwithstanding , you guys do a fantastic job. Just a shame I lack the intelligence to help you .
I'm off to add packages to my xubuntu O/S. Its dead simple :-)