The 10 year old Dell D630 has been slowly dying; I've posted about this before. This weekend, the whole bottom of the screen where Linux Mint displays the status bar went to static fuzz. The rest of the screen is fine. I had to finish a coding project with an external monitor, external keyboard, and my main monitor shut off. I usually use both monitors. I just ordered a new laptop - a Dell 17 5000. It has an AMD Radeon R5 M335 graphics card. All things being equal, I would have just preferred Intel graphics, but this may be nice. I found the Dell for $300 off with an on-line coupon. I have read there are some things to watch when installing this video - I will be re-installing Mint 17.3 (I may leave a Windows 10 partition to dual boot?). I hope I don't run into trouble. I read that lib32gcc1 and libc6-i386 may need to be updated for the graphics card to work properly while researching compatibility. We'll see. I may be back for some help if I run into problems and cannot Google the answer! Then comes the "fun" part - re-installing all the development tools, SVN Workbench, compiler packages, copying over all the ShrewSoft VPN settings, desktop, terminal and Emacs setup, then updating (higher resolution monitor on the new unit!), etc. All that fun stuff that is easy but takes forever. I suppose I could do some targeted backup / restores? I will probably set up an SSH link, or pull the old unit's drive and connect it to my USB adapter - who knows. I just am not looking forward to a ton of work to get right back to where I am today. I've had a few pixel-wide lines flashing red and green on the bottom of my display for over a year - I knew the screen would not last forever, I just did not want to spend the money until I knew it was "more terminal". And this weekend, it became just that. Looks like I need to ramp up my consulting efforts to pay for this too. I did look up this unit on-line for compatibility with Linux. Is it just me, or are the hardware databases not kept up to date? I could not find the Asus machine my daughter has, or a Lenovo I was also looking at. The Asus is a 2-in-1 which I don't need or want, and I found the Lenovo has a proprietary Wireless N card that needs to be manually updated after every version update. But still - the databases I found did not seem to list any "modern machines". Maybe I was looking at a site that is no longer updated. All for now. Just sharing / whining.