Yes config is a drag, you can always run Xconfig if you load X first then use console to run make xconfig. You don't do make modules or make modules_install? Hmmm, wonder if there is a problem in slack where nothing can be loaded as a module, that doesn't seem feasible though. There has to be slack users with modules.
BzLilo? hmmm...strange....is your lilo config pointing to BzLilo and not BzImage?