1. Hrm... I've been a bit leery about a small, mousepad-size area (minus space for a border) used to represent a full-screen display... but then again, most of my drawings are small margin doodles in my notebooks, so I've gotten used to drawing small. :-)
2. I'll browse a bit later, once I work up the courage to give a 2.4 kernel a shot on my main server... bloody iptables, I've got NO idea how to just set up a stupid IPMasq with it...
3. Er... I think the only reason the USB-to-PS/2 works on the mouse is because the drivers are wired to expect either USB or PS/2, and, let's face it, do mice REALLY need the bandwidth of USB? What's next, a SCSI-controlled mouse? :-)
I've got meself GIMP for Windows, but really, the GTK+ toolkit just doesn't run as well in Windows as it does on... well... anything else. Despite the fact that my Linux box is only 200MHz, acts as my webserver, mail server, housewide internet sharing, etc, AND it takes about five seconds to write undo information per stroke on massive images (Massive == <a href="http://exclaimindustries.net/~captainspam/DoM/DoMAlexandriaPose.png">this pic</a>, but twice as large), GTK+ still runs better on it than my 400MHz Windows box. Plus, the 15" monitor actually displays colors correctly, moreso than the 21" monitor on the Windows box I found in the garbage (seriously). :-)
And I just plum well trust Linux more. And I'm SURE I can get a Wacom working on it, I just need to get one. Though I'm certain most of the higher-end features on higher-end Wacoms won't work under Linux...
/me loves GIMP