It doesn't fight quite as much as windows when you try to hack it
Yep, those darned config files somewhere...
Once you find the config files though, they aren't too advanced to play around with. Usually they're already well documented inside the file as well as there being a lot of info on the internet. That's one of the things with Linux - a big chunk of the user base do actually visit linux forums and help each other out. Far from everyone, but a lot of them do.
Personally, I've actually kinda sorta abandoned Linux. I got tired of the smallish bugs and the fact that I needed to reboot in order to use Adobe CS, Visual Studio (for C# .NET, which is not supported on Linux, Mono is their hated counterpart), games and so on. I feel I'm too invested on the Microsoft platform to ignore it, and the constant reboots got the better of me one day.
Some day, with enough horsepower, I might have Linux virtualized.
You should definitely try to install the OS on the SSD instead of trying to mount it. When you install the OS, look for the hda/hdb options as one of them should be the SSD. That's where you put all the /-folders (/home and so on).
I'm only really running it as a VM on WIn7 anyway for pretty much the same reasons you mentioned but it's good to know about this stuff in advance anyways.
In that case, you can set it up that way at install time. Almost everything executable lives in /usr, so you can create a /usr mount point on your SSD. And then put a swap partition on the SSD. Either that, or just put / (root) on the SSD and put /home on your spinning disk. Your pictures, movies, and music will go in home anyway because when you're in user mode that's the only place you can normally write to.
I'm far too picky. That's gonna need a lot of hacking if I ever use it as my main machine.
At that point in time, Unique Melody would make whatever the hell you wanted, provided you bankrolled it. Now they'll refuse any kind of wild request like that. A shame.
Still, it means there's little to no guarantee the people who commissioned that had any idea as to what they were doing. It could very well sound like complete ass. I mean, just take a gander at the FR and that peak. Yikes.
The wild west of CIEMs...
Hope you get better soon.
Speaking of comics, I'm growing pretty fond of my sharksona (or "denticle-sona" as Maverick calls it lol). My friend has been doodling her a lot recently and has taken to giving her an overbite, which I think looks endearingly dorky on a shark-person. Of course I could just be biased since I have a slight overbite IRL.
Is it ok with your friend if you post them here? They sound cool.