@DJ- I applaud your industriousness and can-do attitude. It's a great way to learn Linux even if it does flirt with "crash and burn". Sometimes recovering from those teaches the most. Linux was originally designed by and for people like you, old skool hackers looking for clever ways to do playful things and learn in the process. Keep it up. Also, please do report back how things go with SolydK. It will be valuable to many but especially those who have 2 years or less in Linux. As much as you are "messing about" if it works well for you it should encourage average users that just want something simple and solid.... and fast, and especially that does a good job with gaming.
PS Don't let CaptBlame's negativity make you too defensive. Most here are really helpful. I have to remind myself of that from time to time, myself