"Download a copy of Linux, burn it to a CD or DVD and
install it on a computer or in a virtual machine. You can't learn
Linux without having a Linux system at your disposal. The first
thing that you do in any operating system training class is install
the operating system -- now you'll have the jump on your
classmates. Installation is a learning process in itself and you'll
find it easy but very different from a Windows installation.
"Once you have that shiny new Linux system installed, what do
you do with it? Sure, you find it simple enough to log in to the
graphical login screen, poke around at the familiar menus and test
a few applications, but beyond that -- how about getting to know
some meatier details about this new operating system empowering
your computer. You'll need to know a few basic things, such as how
to navigate the filesystem, how to set up user accounts and how to
install software. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the
following hit list of topics:"