After having my system playing nice with my hardware it was time to get the right softwares. I went looking for beryl, which is a nice eye-candy to have. I tried installing it several times until I found out that it was already installed and now they were calling it compiz. Cool, it'd have saved me some time if I knew it :( A nice addition to compiz: Avant Window Navigator, and the good news: synaptic can do it for you. Bad news: the applets are not in there, and you need them to get rid of the default top/bottom panels. I googled A LOT and found out that adding some repos:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/reacocard-awn/ubuntu/ hardy main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/reacocard-awn/ubuntu/ hardy main
and with some terminal commands which I can't help you with :( I got'em working.
Well, linux ftw!!!!!!!