Another new Linux user here. I've been primarily a Mac user since the early 90s, but lately have been unhappy with the direction Apple is going in--more and more towards completely closed appliances--not just the software but the hardware as well. I've been thinking about buying a laptop for some of my work, and the new macbooks are not enticing. So I've been thinking about a linux-based laptop instead. So right now I've got Linux Mint 13 w/KDE installed on my iMac with Virtualbox. This seemed like a good way to learn the system before investing in new hardware. I work in publishing and a lot of my work now is becoming more and more xml-based. I've been trying to pick up a little Python and Java since it seems a lot of the tools I use now are written in those languages (the last time I did anything resembling actual programming was in Fortran on a Vax 11/780). Anyway, I'm glad that forums like this exist, because I've been discovering that a lot of the documentation out there is inadequate. This helps fill in some of the blanks.