Originally posted by O_o
are there any other things I should know or any other programs I should install that would be worth my while?
Here's a tip for ultra new ppl, try not to become the root user unless it's absolutely necessary.
Also Google is your friend. ALWAYS try to find out the answer for yourself before asking people - mainly because it helps you with your problem solving skills, but sometimes it can also prevent a helper from getting angry (about people asking such general questions
There are many games for linux, not all are free (eg. Unreal Tournament 2003, Quake III) but most are. Try linuxgames.com
for stuff about that topic.