I would like to create an alternate index page for my site but am not sure how to go about it. Ordinarily I might just duplicate the index.php (naming it something else) and edit it to my taste, but I have a problem - I only have the most recent 2 posts to displaying on my "real" index page (and these posts use the <!--more--> break to show the beginning paragraphs), but I want my alternate index page to show, say, the most recent 6 or 7 posts in full text versions... regardless of whether there are <!--more--> breaks in the posts.
Right now I have my post display preferences (via the dashboard options) set to "2." But how would I override that on the alternate index page, so that I could show 7 posts? And how would I override the <!--more--> break? (Should I just use an excerpt field on my posts for the main index display, rather than the <!--more--> tag?)