YOU sir, are the man that's going to help me out... I just know it.
First off, I figured out what was wrong with the internet connection. I had forgot to put in the DNS servers. It is now working fine.
I would actually be very, very thankful for any tips you might give me, seeing as this is the first time ever I work with Linux.
I particularly want to reduce boot up time, seeing as it takes quite a long time at moment.