Thank you for your kind words, but I can assure you that there are a lot of members on here who are far more knowledgeable about this sort of thing than I am!
I previously ran my Mini 10v under both XP and Windows 7, but I am more than happy with its performance under OS X 10.6.3... In fact I rather like it as an OS!
I just followed the guides carefully, and carried out the procedures with virtually no problems... care and patience are the bywords here!
As I only use mine at home, and am not too concerned about battery life, I am probably not really the best person to comment on that!
This Forum does not condone piracy, and a number of users have reported problems when using 'dubiously acquired' copies of OS X.