Thanks all! I am enjoying the world of Linux....it's taking a little getting used to, but I'm liking every minute! I already have Ubuntu up and running on an older Dell desktop. Now if I can get the brightness problem figured out on my laptop I'll be all set. I want to put Linux Mint on my laptop if possible.
Gateway NE56R41u laptop, 2.20 GHz x2, 4 GB DDR3, 128GB SSD - Linux Mint 17 (Mate 64bit)
Dell Dimension E310 desktop, 2.80 GHz, 2 GB DDR2, 500GB HDD - Linux Mint 17.1 (Mate 32bit)