Mandelbrot wrote: I just installed Ubuntu today. One of the reasons I did so was because for years I have been telling myself I was going to learn more about PCs and have heard that to really do anything with a Linux system you have to learn how the PC operates and stores information.
You do not have to learn how a PC operates to use Linux - that is a common fallacy among outsiders. Once installed you can use it like Windows, although it looks a bit different.
The main difference from Windows from a beginner's point of view is that you must install Linux yourself, compared with Windows which most PCs have pre-installed. In fact Linux is made easier to install than Windows in a like-for-like situation because
it is not always installed by professionals. A Linux distro like Mepis installs with hardly any intervention by the user.
Installing Linux is
a bit more complex if you want to add it to a PC with [as usual] pre-installed Windows, for both to share. That is not the fault of Linux - it is even more complex to install a copy of Windows on a PC with Linux installed first.
But once installed, and if you want to use it that way, Linux is vastly superior to Windows for getting into the works of a computer, its operating system and the "network" generally. You can use Linux and never see the command line (like most Windows users are not even aware that Windows has a command line, or if they are they wrongly call it "DOS") but if you are to become a power user the command line will be your tool box, and the Windows command line is pathetic compared with that of Linux.
Mandelbrot wrote: Another reason is all of the virus infestation that kept slowing down my Windows Vista OS, all of the BS stuff that came on it from Sony, etc. I hear Linux is better for those reasons and that is what I am looking for.
It cetainly is. I never give malware a thought with Linux, although some experts say I ought to on principle. I sometimes use a Windows PC and I find it torture with innumerable pop-ups nagging that I should get this-or-that virus checker, this-or-that update. I don't know if these pop-ups warning me of malware are not malware themselves, and I don't know how people can stand it!