Re: Couple extremely general linux questions...
Just a note. You really do not want to use Linux for gaming if you are concerned about performance. Its great as a workhorse machine, server, web/email box, educational machine but as a load it up and play the latest games box its pretty horrid. You can learn a lot about computing with it if you want and it can really make general computing fun again. You know doing "cool" stuff just for the hell of it and the sense of accomplishment from learning new skills. You can play games on it though.