One thing I've found that is really helpful is my local area (I use the word local loosely including anything within 75 miles) Linux Users Group. Newbies are welcome to come to our meeting, computer in tow, and we help install and set up! Other groups may be more structured than ours is, but most all will help you install Linux. To find one in your area, try this. It is worldwide.
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