This is already a bit out of date (I downloaded alpha 0.30 about 12 hours ago....). I'll download the delta for 0.31 as soon as I get home and try again, but some observations about 0.30.
First, I decided to try a full install (always use custom in the past, since there are several things in the options I don't want). When I saw that I was not going to be given any options, I used the back button, selected custom, went on to make software choices, then tried to go forward. I was left with both the software selection and installation summary buttons highlighted, and unable to do anything. At that point, neither the next or the back button did anything. I had to exit the installer and restart the machine.
I chose custom install on the second attempt, made selections and left the machine to get on with it. Only to find quite early in the initial install I had the following:
This application has raised an unexpeted error and must abort.
 File or directory does not exist. ModinstallCustom.?.0
Started again. This time just did a full install. At the network setup page, I found that both the machine name and domain name boxes had spurious text in them - computer name was displayingn 'Begin installtion proace' And domain name had 'tlz?required/veclinus.tl'. Cleared and entered the correct details in both boxes, then went on. The displayed /etc/hosts was correct.
On reboot, I got an error logging into Xfce - same as before - unable to look up internet address. Once boot was finished, I checked. While /etc/hosts had been correctly set, /etc/HOSTNAME was untouched and still had the default 'vector.linux.net' entry. So I'm afraid the network setup is still broken.
I also got a completely new error once Xfce had come up:
Sound server information message: error while initializing the sound driver:
device /dev/dsp cant be opened (No such file or directory)
the sound server will continue, using the null ouptput device.
While I was able to set the keyboard correctly from Vasm, I think that should really
part of the install, not something that has to be tweaked later.
I was going to try again, but I guess I'll leave it until I can grab the 0.31 delta and try it....