Jumping Into Linux

Hello everyone, I've been for the most part a heavy Windows user ever since I touched a computer. A friend of mine during our junior year in high school really got me into the open source movement and now I want to jump into Linux too. I downloaded a copy of Debian etch and have it installed on a spare computer of mine. I've been searching the web for information on Linux, but all the information I've found suggested that I already know something about Linux, such as how to install a program and clearly I don't. My question to you all is, where can I find information about Linux that a newbie to Linux, like me can understand.

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OK, after checking out the useful links I downloaded and installed PCLinuxOS from a Live CD. I've been playing around with it for a while and I like it, with the combination of all the sites the learning has been going smoothly.

But I've run into a problem, I'm trying to get my Linux system and my XP system to communicate with each other. I've been looking at for solutions on how to do this, I've made my C: drive on XP sharable and I went to configure Samba on Linux. A problem occurred saying that the computer needed a host name, so I gave it one. Now when I go back to configure Samba an error pops up saying that "This program has exited abnormally". And it's not just for that option, everything in the Administration Center says this same error when I click on them. Any tips on how to configure Samba.

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