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If you want everything to be turned on by default, out of the box, I don't see why you are using slackware. The day that slackware becomes the red hat clone that you want it to be and installs mod_php, openoffice, and all that bloat by default is the day I switch to BSD.
First you go ahead and disclaim your own article with the go ahead and try something else, choice is what makes Linux great bit. Then in the last two pages of your article you rant about Linux distros shipping with more than one web browser, etc???? I don't get it.
You do know that you don't have to, and it isnt even reccomended to, install every package on the disks? The menu options are very easy to use.
Also, your post-install installer tool, have you heard about pkgtool that comes with slackware?
MySQL worked fine for me out of the box, sure you have to create the metadb and set up your user, but don't you have to do that with any MySQL setup?
Can I reccomend MEPIS to you? It's a really good distro, and it sounds like just what you are looking for.