thanks for both of your replies...
Sepero - I looked for a live version of 10.2 but no luck, and from the few screenshots I could find and the info/doc I've read I think your right about being a good upgrade/OS...and yes the full install is probably what I'm going to do.
dth1 - so I quess if the upgrade would remove the programs in question than why not do a full install
...make sense to me, not sure I'm really going to miss any of the programs I keep talking about (there's only 7 of them).
Q = after backing up my bookmarks where can I find my Thunderbird mail foler?...is it in the .firefox directory?