^ Indeed. I learned more about Linux (Ubuntu 10.4, specifically) in a couple of hours of fiddling than I ever did when I was in the college class that was actually attempting to teach it to us.
Michael: Jodie, how's my schedule look for today? Jodie: You've got a conference and dinner party at the Japanese Embassy regarding wildlife protection. Michael: Oh, yeah...sorry, but I'll have to cancel that. I'm heading out to save America!
I agree on the call with Ubuntu and I also agree with the "do it yourself" attitude. I'm in college right now and you would swear that they have a contract to only teach about Microsoft and Adobe Products.
I run Ubuntu on my laptop (old acer 4520 that I inherited from the wife after I knocked it off of the coffee table with a flash drive in it and damaged one of the usb ports) After buying her a new laptop and repairing the usb port (and resoldering a fan control resistor) I did my first clean install of Ubuntu. I had been running Dual boot on my desktop for years. The update manager and package manager handles most of the hard work but if you really want to get inside the system you can easy enough and there is plenty of info available to walk you through any action you may want to perform.
I use to keep Windows along with my Ubuntu but when its' HDD died I just let it go. Ubuntu is what I am using to learn about command line and I never saw a computer in High School; I can not agree more with all of the above.
Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3, Phenom II X4 970 Black @ 3.5, G.Skill Sniper DDR3-1600 4 X 4 gig's, WD Black 7200rpm 1.5 TB, ATI Fire-Pro V4800 Kubuntu & Ubuntu 64-bit on separate primary partitions and sharing Doc.'s,Music and Pictures on a Logical Partition.