Thanks for that, I'd meant to mention those, they _do_ work in Linux. I've installed:
- Compact Menu 2 - as detailed above, it replaces the whole menu bar with a little blue icon, next to your "back" button, that brings up a drop-down menu.
- Fission - like in Safari, you get a progress bar in the address bar, so you can hide the status bar. If you still want to see the status bar (to look at which links you're mousing over) you can always bring it up again quickly enough.
- Stop-or-Reload button - again, like Safari, you don't need both of these buttons at the same time, so this little plug-in makes one replace the other as appropriate, saving you nav toolbar space (so giving you more space for the address bar)
- Flashblock - I got fed up with the system slowing down when I had three or four tabs open with Flash-based adverts (Hotmail and a couple of forums would do it); Flashblock sped things back up again, and you can "whitelist"sites (like YouTube) or click on any Flash component on a web page if you want it displayed.
My current problem is the wifi, as mentioned in another post, but I'll update this thread if / when I get it sorted!