done in the sense that everything is up and running great. in a strange turn, my back and forward buttons on my mouse only started working after setting up some xbindkey stuff and rebooted. i would have thought i only had to restart X, but i guess the system has to make fresh with the events.
i also ditched gdesklets in favor of screenlets. the photo frame isn't so hot, but these babies actually work, which is more than i can say for gdesklets.
i also just recently discovered that there are a slew of free games for linux. not sure why i have a dual-boot. i really need to get cooking on the itunes conversion.