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The easiest way is to try out a distro. When you run into problems, Google it. 99.99% of the time you'll find somebody who ran into the exact same problem and you'll find the solution for it. You'll quickly learn not only Linux, but how to properly search for problems in Google.
You will fail, and often (at the beginning), but I find that trying, failing, Googling, trying again, failing, Googling more, and finally figuring it out is a MUCH more useful learning experience than following some step by step guide on how to "learn linux".
All chastising aside. The way I learn best / easiest in Linux is to pick a goal I really want to meet. Like run Windows server 2008 on a Hypervisor. Then I go about doing everything I can to get to the goal. Eventually I get there because I'm driven to reach a goal that actually does something for me and through that process I have learned alot. I also have opened up new avenues for learning and start thinking of easier ways of going through that process to the goal.