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In starting this reply I can no longer see the thread, and sometimes in the past, when I have tried to go back to check something, I have lost the text I just typed. So I won't go back until I have posted this.
And the longer the text I type, the more likely I am to lose it. I often write long posts in a text editor and then copy it and paste it in the browser's editor.
Is there any way this semi-computer literate non-geek can learn to use Linux? I have been told that the easiest aproach for a Windows user is the Cinnamon version with the Mint GUI. That is what I investigated most recently.
Yes and no. Yes, anyone can learn linux IF THEY REALLY WANT TO. No, it will not happen over night. You can accelerate your learning of linux by using it more and windows less. Any ho, you did your homework, Linux Mint is a good start.