Apologies for that errant sentence. It was missed being removed when retiring the more basic version. This oversight has been corrected. Apologies for any confusion this may have caused.
re: 2a & 2b)
If you set the image to none and disable the image placeholder as well as turning off the fields you are not using. That tightens thing up quite a bit though it may have a slight unbalanced look if you have lots of entry details. but that does not seem like it’ll be an issue since you are only showing a few details.
This is not a template level setting, this is a global setting. It can be turn off on the settings.. Disable the Name permalink option.