The version that was on 5.8 gold didn't (doesn't) depend on the Hell-demon either,
What's different compared with the versions that come with VL 5.8 Standard Gold?No dependency on the hal demon.
Indeed not, but it was the last release candidate, not the final. "Hell-demon", nice word-play...
that was a last minute addition to Xfce 4.4.0 IIRC.
Yes, because it was somewhat hard to build without hal, IIRC.
I'm not sure what the advantages of the newer versions are over the version in 5.8 standard.
If you mean hal, neither am I...
but it is the final and had some bugs removed, I guess.