I will give it a whirl and see how it works. I have been trying out images to find the best. So far I have not found one that works out of the box; they all need a lot of tweaking. At the moment I am on HDMU, I was using PKT and have looked at openAR-P. Networking is important to me, I have got HDMU to be seen in network places (windows 7 64) using a different version of samba then the one shipped with the image. I have also got to the point that I can access an HDD attached to my Netgear router, but it did take a lot of time to sort it all out. I don't like HDMU media player and am looking for a better one.
I also find that E2 images are easy to corrupt with adding the wrong plug-in or if the system crashes at a difficult moment.
The backup and restore will make life o lot easier trying to find that perfect image and config.