Thought I'd jump into this thread instead of starting my own. I'm Canadian as well, from Calgary, and I'm brand new to linux, and to this forum.
Installed my first linux distro yesterday, and so far things are going well. I'll be lurking around and using the search feature a lot for a few days until i get myself all set up.
So, thanks in advance for all the help I'm sure I'll get here, and hello to everyone.