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Second, what do you normally do while using a computer? What are you looking for in terms of software? What is the brand and model (and model number) of your system and what are its hardware specs, like the processor, amount of memory, video card, etc.? Do you like eye candy or a plain, simple interface? Perhaps we can help you find a distribution that fits your needs and likes, although distributions like Linux Mint and Ubuntu are usually recommended for beginners.
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Adding to the above: whatever you normally do with computers, do that and more. Play a little, work a little, fall in love with the penguin. Have fun! We are not your boss, IBM, or Microsoft and we are not bothered a bit if you laugh on company time!
I'd agree that Mint is a good place to start. For a start, it has a good user guide: https://linuxmint.com/documentation.php
You can run it off a usb stick to learn a bit at first before you decide whether to install it.
The best way to learn is to use it. Always be prepared to experiment: ask what does this do, how could I do that, and so on. So long as you never alter a configuration file without making a backup copy, you can always recover from any mistakes you make.