So have you gotten any of your goals done as of now? or are you just thinking of things that you want to address?
One thing I wish is that when you boot off the HD, I wish that DSL would just start without making you pick HD... and if you boot of CD, same thing.
well, in terms of getting any of my goals done, yes and no. its going to be a lot of work, and as it progresses it will branch out further. keep in mind that as of yet, the idea is to simply change the appearence of xDSL. actual linux changes like the kernal and bug fixing will come later as i progress.
as for your complaint about the boot structure - you should realize that if you simply wait, DSL will default to boot from your HD. this is the basic bootloader much like what GRUB presents when you boot a linux distro on a computer. there may be a method to shorten your time needed to wait before it defaults, but i havent had a big problem with it myself. if anything it always gives me time to make sure my controller is plugged in, as i also have a pelican that gets a lot more use than my s-controller.
also, it will not ask if you want to boot from CD if you do not boot the xbox with a linux cd in the drive, the only options you will have are FATx, etherboot or advanced options.
once things get going, eventually i would like a collaborative effort to bring xDSL up to age, here. it was a great port of the DSL enviornment, but it really was just that - a port of the OS. it was never really tweaked for full xbox use. there are a lot of things that can be changed in the ISO alone to make it so that the casual newbie will be able to load it from a liveCD and be more at ease with its appearence and functionality. basically, with a few simple tweaks, an ISO can be released which will make it more user friendly, because as it stands currently, the DSL os is not very user friendly.
it will be easy enough to "build in" full mounting of the available partitions on the xbox drive, something alll newbs have problems with because they dont want to mess with fstab, we can also build-in cleaner, brighter and more modern schemes, possibly build in at least ICEwm alongside the other 2 windows managers, we can lose most options that dont get used in the click menu, we can remove most of the desktop icons that dont get used on the default desktop options - theres a lot of work that is simple enough to do to allow DSL to be a more accessible operating system on the xbox.
also, building in a more accurate or smaller screen setting will help many 1.6 users. i think that underscanning as opposed to the defaulted overscanning, with the proper documentation and images alongside of it will help users tweak their screen settings for optimal use.
as it stands, the current documentation is OK, but it leaves alot to be desired in terms of newb speek. a simple script could even be compiled to do it or the newb. newb simply enters x, y, a and b corordinates, the script does the rest.