A general rule when handling Linux....
1. Relax. Take a deep breath...
2. Forget all hurry.
3. Accept the idea that sometimes you may need to spend two weeks to solve some installation problem which is possible to solve in windows with 15 minutes... :-)
4. Take it as a hobby. Forget the idea that everything should be allways ready.
5. Enjoy problem solving...
If you can make it run you are a hero. You can do things that windows people never could make because they are simply lacking that ATTITUDE. Windows is for vimps.
Anyway once you can make it run it runs for MONTHS without reboot. It may even run for ONE YEAR without reboot. Forget this this Windows...and so on.
Good luck, Blessing,