Well. Blew away dist-upgrade and did fresh install to trim down file storage on sda1. Went from 8 gig to 4 gig.
Kernel 5 to 4.9
I was unprepared for repo manager defaulting to vietnam servers though. So switched to LA in USA instead.
Been answering facebook problems also.
After replacing my video card with a Radeon, I decided to upgrade with the guide listed here and apart from a few packages which I had to reinstall manually things went smoother than I thought it would. I’ve had some nightmare upgrades in the past with Linux so I was on the edge of my seat with the reboot :-). I also had to manually edit /etc/lsb-release too…. I’ve added the edit below for easy copy/paste for anyone else who upgrades. Cheers!