Firstly, wanted to say Hello to everyone (this being my first post). I've just installed Linux on my PC, and I hope I won't get flamed too much, but I'm dual booting with XP at the moment
I've installed Linux because I'd like to try out a different OS, to learn more about what's happening on my PC, and learn a bit more about how software interacts with my PC.
I'm running Debian Linux (suggested by a friend as being a bit tougher to learn initally but worth it). I don't know the version to be honest but supposedly pretty new. I didn't know what to choose in terms of KDE or Gnome so I happened to go with KDE. I'm using KDE 3.1.
Probably like a lot of people that have used Windows since Windows 3 and up I'm facing a screen that has some similarities to what I'm used to and a lot of differences. I'm feeling excited by the prospect of learning a new system, concerened about being about to access my three most imporant functions (email, browsing, word processing) and amused by simple things that are just plain different. I think the wide selection of choice is one thing getting me. Eg. What should I use to read my email? I read on google that KMail can import direct from Outlook/Outlook Express, but can't compose new HTML messages. But there were disadvantages to Mozilla mail...
Anyway, finally to my question. Can anyone recommend a good newbie guide for someone like me that has a number of years experience with Windows (at home and in my IT support job)? At this stage I'm looking for something that helps me just scratch the surface. I have some inkling of the depth that Linux can go to, but I really just would like to learn tha basics at the moment.
I'd like to learn to:
a) access files from floppy, cd and zip drives
b) Import my email and favourites (I made sure to load Mozilla in XP and import my favorites and email before installing Linux)
c) learn the basic 'bits' i.e. the Linux versions of the bits I'm comfortable with in Windows eg. Explorer, control panel, admin tools etc.
Not sure if this is best, but maybe a KDE specific guide would be good? I'd like a handle on the GUI before even thinking about learning the inner workings.
Many thanks for your time.