Hi Huss, glad to see you got this working, In answer to your questions.
The easiest console text editor is nano
When you think about it, renaming is the same as moving, so there is no need to write 2 commands to do the same function.
sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
In linux there is another command which does the /p function, its called more, this will take the output of any command and show it page by page, to join these commands together we use | (pipe)
sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.1
and the new version of xorg used in hardy should be able to configure itself on the fly, so it should go a long way to making this easier, but from what I have seen so far it perhaps still needs some work before its perfect. You should give it a go and report how well it works.