As one of the dev team, I want to thank you for your feedback about Susan's review. From discussions that Vector and the other devs have had, we're planning on forking some more from Papa Slack for VL 6.0. Among the moves we want to make are to move to gcc-4.x and to xorg 7.2 (or whatever version will be the latest stable at the time that we are in active development of VL 6).
One of the things that has held us back from gcc-4.x was the fact that too many things wouldn't build under it without patching source code. However, I think that enough of the major stuff compiles cleanly with gcc-4.x, so that shouldn't be an issue.
John, the latest stable version of xorg is the one that most distros are using at the moment.
I suggest you move to 7.1, as 7.2 is in a testing process (in some distros' snapshot version), but i alsp think 7.2 is a better suggestion, altho it may need some more work on it. I always think that the latest version is the most stable one,because it has more fixed bugs.
Better move on to 7.2, at the time vec 6 is out, 7.2 will be proven stable enough.
We already have xourg 7.1 and 7.2 packages for vector (built by lahrzu from tukaani)http://m0e.lnx.googlepages.com/411