tdockery97 wrote:Read, read, and read more.
daveinuk wrote:be prepared to learn and make mistakes
proxima_centauri wrote:Hang around the forums
LongRider wrote:There is plenty of info already out there
grey1960envoy wrote:above all else HAVE FUN with it!
... and then try to wipe the silly smile off your face when you realise you understand things that the "experts" at your local computer shop haven't even heard of.
Welcome to Linux Mint.
And as Pierre said, don't be afraid to break it, because that's the easiest way to learn.
That's the best advice I ever received...now, when I have a friend say "such and such isn't working" I can tell how to fix it because I've broken it before!
Oh, and one last thing...the Mint forums are great, but, do remember that Mint is built right off of Ubuntu (well, that and alot of cleanup that the Ubuntu crew couldn't do). What this means is this: if something on the internet makes reference to "this is how it's done in Ubuntu
", it directly translates to "this is how it's done in Mint
". The Ubuntu forums are a valuable resource as well for help; there are many great Mint users here, but there are literally thousands and thousands of people who use the Ubuntu forums.
Oh, one more thing: get active! Find a distro to help with, write documentation, create artwork, provide support, blah blah blah... anything you do will help you learn and build new relationships with people from around the world!
EDIT NOTE: Keep windows, even if it's shrunk down as far as possible. I hate windows for one reason: I know from firsthand testing how ungodly easy it is to crack windows security even with AV's, firewalls etc. You WILL find that 6 months into the linux life, there will be some obscure program that doesn't quite work on linux that you'll need Windows for. TomTom GPS, for example, runs on the linux kernel but it's interface program only works with windows. Go figure...
For instance, I first started using linux in September 2009: one year later and I now help write documentation for multiple OSS projects, provide support on multiple forums, I've built distros from the command line (both Debian and the ultra-pain-in-the-rear Gentoo), I strip down and compile programs for Puppy Linux, and am currently building a linux distro of my own for like-minded college students!
Finally, welcome to Mint (and Linux)! Don't ever be afraid to ask any question, and use Google to learn as much as possible.