Please eep, if it works, don't touch it again. It was difficult enough for us to get you here in the first place. Be happy with what you have now.
@JD: I don't understand what you are saying . . . it's not perfect yet . . . . : - ))) Don't worry, it's very clear to me how much time has gone into getting it where it is . . . I'm only hoping to reduce or possibly avoid the other system problems that came up in the past . . . when problems cropped up after a week or two--not looking for perfection. And, I'm not in a rush, I can appreciate now what Mint11 is providing in terms of apps packages already pre-selected, but now I've got one computer with Mint11, one with straight Debian, and one with LMDE--so I'm happy that all of them is based in Debian that means the learning will all be focused for what works for Debian. But, thanks for the "gdm" and "LXDE" ideas, there is a basic login window and it looks like it gives the option now of GNOME, GNOME classic, and "System default" . . . which I've left it on "system default" and that's fine . . . but having other DE options is something I am interested in, LXDE is fine, also I have XFCE on the MBPro . . . so I was thinking about trying that out if it's available. From memory I'm not sure if Debian has "synaptic" loaded or not, but I think I want that, and the "evolution mail" program seemed to crash when I clicked on "add account" so I think that Ice Dove will also be on the list of things to add . . . otherwise, I'm not messing with it unless it starts messing with me . . . like I'd like to just be able to log in or suspend without kernel panics . . . making the process take longer than it should.