Great distro guys! You take linux one step closer to the Desktop OS world with this. Here are a few suggestions to actually get it there.
1. Multimedia and Games are #1. These apps are king of the "most used" apps in the world today. Currently, this arena is dominated by MS and the Macs and so Game Dev's tailor to them. There are 2 work-arounds - 1) get every major game label in your hip pocket like MS does so they will start writing Games in Linux friendly codes. 2) Tailor Linux to be more friendly to current Games that only run in XP. Since the #1 is not likely, #2 may be the only option. Linux is doing well in the music, cd, dvd, streaming video arena. Its also doing well in the business application area. But its got little to no development in the Gaming arena, and this hits it pretty hard. Google up a few polls to see what are the most used apps today and I think youll find some pretty shocking results! Computer Games top every list, across every market and age group (save the geriatric). So, tailor SL to become more of a multimedia machine is what I think is needed.
2. Sound and Video. My #1 above cant happen if the persistent multi-tasking issue with ALSA cant be worked out. I believe this issue is with Linux itself and therefor, a very large problem to solve. It will probably have to be a collaborative comunity-wide effort... But it must happen. There are work-arounds for average joe user, but they all involve dual-booting up XP or another OS that can actually do multi-tasking with relative ease. This is an issue that should have been worked out 10 or more years ago, but it persists, and the issue will only get worse as time goes on and MS and Apple continue to evolve, while currently only a small handful of Linux Distro's struggle to catch up.
3. While Sabayon leads the pack when it comes to hardware auto-detection and smooth install on a bleeding edge OS, it remains slaved to an outdated linux build such as Gentoo. SL must seek its own path and break away from this seeking new and innovative ways to program, code, and implement the Linux system in ways that will shatter the MS market's. This can be done in a number of ways, but the most "sensible" would be to take source code from Gentoo and then modify what pieces SL needs, perhaps even implementing slices of Debian and RHL to create something new and even more stable, yet easy for "average joe user" to work with on a day to day basis. Sounds easy to me, but then im just mr. business guy who doesnt know much about code. However, others ~are~ doing just that, or trying to. This will also require marketing, but a good product tends to market itself fairly well. SL currently has the product, and a growing fanbase, so I think this very doable.
4. Tutorials!!! This is sorely lacking in nearly all linux distro's save for PCLos. I just cant stress enough how important desktop Tutorials are for the new Linux user and even the old. What we have now is.. User X installs SL and boots up to a beautiful desktop with all kinds of cool toys, but quickly discovers that things dont work here like they do in XP or Vista which is all User X has ever known his whole life, so he then sits around scratching his head wondering what to do to make things work. Unnacceptable! Although this is no fault of SL, rather, its the fault of the Linux community as a whole. MS is simply more user friendly, and far less time consuming than is Linux right now, and in today's "gotta have it now" world, the "RTFM" response and mentality simply will not do!
--Solution: Bring the help User X needs right to his desktop as he boots up the first time, with all the answers right there popping up in his/her face in the form of automated tutorials full of multimedia! It should tell User X precisely what he/she needs to do, when, how, why, etc.. This will also prevent User X from having to jump onto IRC or these and other forums flooding them with questions that will have to be answered usually by the same people over and over. This is simple common sense guys.
Anyway, thats about it for the first round of suggestions lol. I hope you consider them carefully, because I believe they will make SL supreme in the Desktop OS world.