The skipable part of the background:
I was a happy user of Windows 7, though I have always wanted to learn how to use Linux. Then I moved overseas, so I got rid of my desktop and purchased an Ideapad. I was so digusted by Windows 10, that I even purchased a new license of 7, only to discover that it's incompatible with my laptop's hardware. Well, I discovered that Windows was actively destroying my primary hard drive, and when the September 10 update came out, it made my system so unstable that I went out and bought a new laptop, sans OS, in order to install Linux. The goal was to learn how to use it before my Windows computer completely failed, so that I could swap across, then ultimately wipe Windows from the old laptop and run it with Linux as my office computer, and use the new system as the one I carry around everywhere.
The new system is a Thinkpad e585 (which is, apparently, no longer available for sale anywhere outside Mainland China, but here it's seen as a cutting edge system). I overcame the anti-linux bug in the BIOS by updating to a newer version, and got Sylvia installed.
The specs from Lenovo:
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Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 3 2200U dual-core (2.50GHz, up to 3.40GHz Max Boost, 4MB Cache) AMD Ryzen™ 5 2500U quad-core (2.00GHz, up to 3.60GHz Max Boost, 4MB Cache) AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U quad-core (2.20GHz, up to 3.80GHz Max Boost, 4MB Cache) Operating System: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia, MATE Display: 15.6" HD (1366 x 768) anti-glare 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS anti-glare Graphics Up to Integrated AMD Radeon™ Vega 10 Mobile Graphics Battery Up to 8.5 hours*, 45Wh integrated *Based on testing with MobileMark 2014. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, & other factors. A/C Adapter 65W supports rapid charge technology Camera 720p HD camera Memory 16 GB DDR4 2400 MHz (Supports up to 32 GB x 2 DIMM) Storage 1 TB 5400 RPM 500 GB 7200 RPM Up to 256 GB PCIe SSD Dual drive storage (optional) (This is what they advertise on the web page; I have only detected a 500GB and 128GB drive installed) Audio Stereo speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio™ Lync-certified, Smart Audio speaker support Dual-array noise-cancelling microphone Security Discrete Trusted Platform Module (dTPM) 2.0 chip Kensington™ lock slot Ports 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2** Type-C (Power Delivery, DisplayPort, Data transfer) 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1** 1 x USB 2.0 HDMI MicroSD card reader RJ45 Audio combo jack Connectivity 802.11 AC (2 x 2) + Bluetooth® 4.1 Dimensions (W x D x H) 14.53" x 9.92" x 0.78" / 369 x 252 x 19.95 (mm) Weight Starting at 4.7 lbs (2.1 kg) Color Black
The big question:
So my question is, where can I find a good, introductory manual for Linux that will help me learn how to use the terminal, so that I can understand what the advice I receive actually means? I know the big thing in the Linux world is to RTFM (I purchased a "For Dummies" book many years ago, and that was listed in chapter 1 as part of their advice - which told me I purchased the wrong book, if it wasn't going to be TFM for me to R!), so I am hoping to find a good place to do exactly that, and possibly solve some of my own problems without having to constantly bug the experts.
Thank you in advance for your advice, and I'm glad to be here.