RC1 is a complete no-go for me. I can't get it to boot up on my hardware. Please note that I have no problems with Beta 5 and I have an advanced copy of VL 5.9 SOHO (final) that also installed just fine. The installation process seems to work flawlessly but after that the system hangs at different points during bootup. BY hanging I mean I can walk away, have lunch, do something else, come back two hours later and it's still where it was. I can't break out of the bootup process to a prompt, either.
The first couple of times I saw this it hung on starting up parallel so I booted into another partition (a different distro) and disabled the parallel port rc script on the VL side. Then it hung at alsa instead.
I thought I might have a bad iso so I downloaded and burned a new one. No go. I tried a hosted install (vinstall-iso) with yet another downloaded iso. I got the same result. I can go no farther with this.