Well, shelling out for the mini should wait for another year I suppose. Meanwhile, trying to give Ubuntu a try and see how it flies in the desktop. Their website looks quite crisp. Not sure, why I am running XP (at home/work) at all. I have the cygwin goodies installed and live in the fvwm2 workspace, mutt, ccal etc. and you are in ncurses utopia. I remember the time working in a line terminal connected to a IBM 370. You can view a terminal page worth of stuff, but if you wanted to edit a line, you have to align the line to a certian line position in the screen. To identify that postiion, what else, a deep scrtach on the glass.