with all that you have listed as negatives for linuxice... its hard for me to understand why you want to use it at all in the first place. you then top it off by saying "I can get everything I need running [in windows] perfect with ease." yet youre crying because you have to use windows against your will. i dont get it? why is there such hate for windows... or is it just pure love for linux for some reason?
and hey whats up im from philly too.
edit* and im only posting that because im in the process of trying to find a new FE (aka reading and testing for hours), so im just trying to reach out for info and opinions.