+1 to Sleven's comments. http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.p ... 5+#p372155
I started out with DOS 3.0. I put together a IBM XT clone and when I had plugged it in, I asked my wife (who supposedly knew something about computers) what to do next. She said to type "DIR", so I did. I asked her what to do next, and she said to hit Enter. I did and a whole stream of text went down the screen...and I was hooked.
When DOS 5.0 came out, I read an article where they broke the commands down into three groups. The first group they said everyone should know how to do these. I looked at them and said "yup, I can do those". The second group they said were only for power users. I looked at those and thought to myself, "gee, I use those all the time". The last group of commands the writer said no one ever uses them. I looked at those and said to myself, "I use those too. No problem."
I'm looking forward to the mental challenge of learning Linux. I'm not afraid of a terminal screen, since it isn't much different than a DOS prompt. It'll take a few weeks to learn how to get around there, but I know it is possible.
I also like what I'm seeing, especially in LinuxMint. I'm using the KDE version and just installed Win7 on my daughter's laptop. From what I can see, it seems similar in look to Win7/Vista, but does a much better job of it. I already use programs like Gimp for graphic editing, so making that transition from Windows to Linux is a snap. About the only negative, and it isn't much at all, is my favorite Bible program, The Word, doesn't look as nice in Linux. The fonts aren't as smooth. But the content is there and that's the most important part.
And I can't believe how fast Linux is in comparison to WinXP/Vista, and how much less space it takes. Everything I learn about it impresses me more and more.