Getting tired of being hostage to Microsoft, I bought a laptop from Dell with Ubuntu 7.10 loaded on it. It came with Mozilla Firefox as its browser, which is cool because I was already using Firefox on my Windows XP machine. Last week I responded to a prompt to allow an automatic upgrade to Ubuntu 8.04. After the "upgrade", Ubuntu/Firefox would no longer access the 'Net, so I can neither try to upgrade Firefox, nor try to go back to 7.10. In fact, if I didn't have my older XP beast, I wouldn't have been able to send out this call for help. I'm trying to convert to Linux rather late in my life; much of my computer experience was with IBM 3090s, PL/I, DB2, etc.