I'll let the hardcore Linux users answer your particular queries, because I only use the Live CDs,
but I think this article is well worth reading on Linux generally:http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm
Losing patience here very quickly with Linux!
"If you want an OS that doesn't chauffeur you around, but hands you the keys, puts you in the driver's seat,
and expects you to know what to do: Get Linux. You'll have to devote some time to learning how to use it,
but once you've done so, you'll have an OS that you can make sit up and dance."
Edited by petewills , 28 February 2010 - 11:02 AM.