First off I really like this post. Your reason for using Linux is only slightly different from mine. One thing I might add is when I turn on a computer to use the GPS I don't need it to decide to update Windows. I may actually need the GPS for fire and/or rescue purposes........and if I need it I need it now! Here is my CF-53J with Gobi2000. Note it is NOT Xenial Xerus. jula@jula-CF-53JULA21M ~ $ cat /etc/*-release DISTRIB_ID=LinuxMint DISTRIB_RELEASE=17 DISTRIB_CODENAME=qiana DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Linux Mint 17 Qiana" NAME="Ubuntu" VERSION="14.04.5 LTS, Trusty Tahr" ID=ubuntu ID_LIKE=debian PRETTY_NAME="Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS" VERSION_ID="14.04" HOME_URL="http://www.ubuntu.com/" SUPPORT_URL="http://help.ubuntu.com/" BUG_REPORT_URL="http://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/" cat: /etc/upstream-release: Is a directory Yes MX-16 can be a bit twitchy but I am using "MX Snapshot" USB sticks. IOW a iso written of a working system. Any tweaks I make are handed on to the next self created .iso. That's probably enough for now. Just needed to know about the MC5725....thinking of recommending it to staffyman.