I'm a Linux hatchling. I'm in the process of fireing Micro Soft from my existence!
I tend to get grand visions of a final result I want, but at a run speed first- and forget that I have to learn to crawl before I can even walk. (wifey says I'm just high maintenance)
I've done A LOT of reading so far, in regards to how Linux came about, and the features, advantages & benefits of the big picture of the overall OS, and some of the distro's, and look forward to getting my hands muddy.
As for practical application, I've downloaded Puppy 5.3 and wiped an olde virus infested machine free of MS XP pro!
I learned a little about Gnome & Gnome4Dos, and learned a lot about my olde MicronPC Millennia- hardware, et al...
I got some help from some guys at "the Linux Forums.org". I burned the mid night oil trying to figure things out installing Puppy to the hard drive. I think I burned 5 days, or so, and half a stack of CD's.
I've tried to study from an online open course, 'an intro to linux', however, it was last revised in 2007, and the command lines don't work in the default terminal of Puppy. Apparently, I need something called Xterm?
I found that puppy was fantastic at acting like acid to remove Windows, and re- formating my HDD, however beyond that, its a little to advanced for me right now. I think, and hope, Linux Mint will prove to be the distro that will meet my desires, from the Basic 1,2,3 's, to one day soon, turning my olde MicronPC into a server for my farm.
I also have a few other antiques laying around that I'm interested in maximizing use out of.