mkbootdisk is one of the options. You can try it with full path when you're non-root, so the command will be
It'll probably require one parameter - kernel you want to have on that disk. I recommend the one you're running (after all it's probably the only one you have). If you're not sure which kernel you're running run
Kernel version is in the third field. You'll get something like
Linux mara 2.4.26 #1 Sun Aug 1 00:12:30 CEST 2003 i686 unknown unknown GNU/Linux
In the example above it's '2.4.26', so the mkbootdisk command would be
Note that it may not work as non-root. If that's the case, do the following:
(then type root password when you're asked)
('exit' command returns you back to non-root mode).
I don't think you can change your login that easily. In fact, there are people who use their real names as nicknames, so it's not strange at all. If you'd really like to change it, you'd need to contact Jeremy (the site owner).
I can't name a book I recommend. There are many and cover different subjects. The thing is that every book is not enough in a very short time when you get deeper into Linux.
Your configuration is not very common, so I don't think you'd find one document to describe it. When you mention the smp choice and X server error it looks there are two problems, not just one (but can't say for sure without more info).