Thanks to everyone for the kind words about my review. Installation of lilo with xfs as the root partition did fail on both machines where I tried it with 5.8. (I do test things for a few weeks before opening my big mouth
I haven't tried reiserfs. I will and will amend the review accordingly. Carla will also have to update her Linux Cookbook
Joel, I did respond to you on the O'Reilly site. The issue of internationalization (more language support) can be fixed with packages in the repository and options in vasm and the installer. Localization requires additional translation files for Xfce4 and a GUI tool for language selection (could be part of vasm). Selection of language at login could be achieved by moving to either a full version of kdm or else gdm. gdm is a bit less resource intensive, Please note that Vector, like any distro, can be internationalized or localized by any experienced user. The point is to make it easy for newcomers.
If you want packages made for Hebrew fonts, aspell-he and hspell, xfrun to allow the Hebrew Gnome applets (hspell and hdate) to work in Xfce4, hdate-applet, hocr, and yudit I will be glad to volunteer to do it as I have time. I'd also be willing to package aspell-fr. Hebrew and French are the two other languages I can manage. (OK, Yiddish too, but demand for that is probably near zero.)
I haven't looked at the installer code so I don't know which itty bitty shell you have up during the installer (if any), but if df is supported it shouldn't be hard to parse the output to check free disk space. I don't know what to suggest about X hardware detection. All I can say if that every other distro I've tried gets my laptops right on the first go and Vector doesn't. (I haven't tried Slackware 11, BTW.)
Do people really write reviews complaining about icons and desktop colors? Those things are always customizable. Good grief!
Anyway, yes, y'all did a really nice job with 5.8. I've run every version since 1.8 and even plunked down a few shekels to support development on a couple of occasions (VL 2.5 and 3.2, I think.) Finances are tight right now or I'd have an order in for 5.8 Deluxe.