Yeah, and legato runs up and down the neck on a single string, with lots of bends, slides, trills, etc. sound BADASS.
Incedentally, once you learn all your "pattern" scales, spending some time learning linear (single string) scales will help you effortlessly flow between the positions, until pretty soon you're not really even thinking of them that much. This is a good thing.
Also, some scales just make a lot more sense when you don't think about "patterns." If you asked me to play you a half-whole diminished scale in a fixed pattern, i'd look at you funny, then spend a few minutes working it out. Yeah, i know, i really should know this. But if you asked me to improvise in the diminished mode, then i could rip off a series of runs fairly free-associatively, because the half-step-whole-step pattern makes a LOT more sense when you don't try to confine it to a single pattern. Same goes for the whole tone scale.
So yeah, learning pentatonics in a position is extremely valuable, and the easiest way to look at them. but some scales make a lot more sense to your fingers out of a pattern.
You know, this really didn't answer your question, did it? lol, sorry... Hope it helps anyway.