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If possible, pickup a second PC (P2 or P3) to experiment with.
Writing stuff down helps, to help cement it into your brain.
There are usually several solutions to anything, but the following tips would have helped me save much time and headache. Hope they help you too!
Best for internet is DSL with NIC. For dialup, use only external serial modems(not USB). Installing internal hardware AND software modems is doable, but not recommended for newbs.
AOL is not linux friendly for dialup. There is a special dialer called pengaol or penggy, but I could never get it to work and have not found anyone else who could either.
For printing - go to start>system>configure>config your comp
select hardware after logging in. select printers. Mandrake will look for a printer. If it cannot find one, select "choose manually".
A list will appear. I highly recommend picking one of these printers because MDV will have the drivers for this printer onboard. It is possible to install / configure printers NOT on the list, but for a newbie can be tough. Look into Epson and HP for inkjets, and for lasers- HP, Epson, Samsung and Lexmark . These recommendations are general only. Checkout linuxprinting.org
Learn how to setup and use software management in MCC (mandrake control center)
There are hundreds of linux commands, but knowledge of about a dozen or two will get you going, and finally, learn how to use a simple text editor for the occasional need.