First, you are judging a distro (Vector Linux) by development/beta code. You can't judge it fairly until the final release.
Second, printing is obtuse? It's been flawless for me. Why don't you post in the appropriate area the problem you're having. I'm sure someone could give you simple step-by-step directions that would get printing working for you. Just because you're not familiar with something doesn't make it "obtuse".
If you're here to get help there are lots of friendly people who will help you. If you're here to throw stones, well... I just don't see the point. I've never seen Slackware as user friendly, particularly compared to Vector Linux. However, anything you are personally familiar with will always seem more friendly to you.
When you are willing to give VL a fair test feel free to come back and post again.