Likewise, if you really want to learn linux, then make it your sole operating system. It doesn't make it any easier to learn, but it forces you to learn it anyway. I had been meaning to make the switch from Windows to linux for quite a while, but I approached it the same way I approach really, really cold water, on a really warm day. I dipped a toe in, then, as soon as it became uncomfortable, yanked it back out, telling myself I would do it for real next time.
Then some spyware came by, and like a schoolyard bully, shoved me facefirst into the icy waters of linux, and I have spent the last ...week? 2weeks? I don't even know how long... sputtering and coughing up boot configurations and driver incompatibilities, and shivering from the shock of the sudden immersion.
But now, I am starting to adjust, and the environment feels more familiar. I am still only doggie-paddling through the graphical interface, but I have managed to get a few things set up the way I want, and I am able to look forward to the day when I will cut through the waters with dolphin-like grace and ease.
Thanks to everyone for being patient with me through my blogging hiatus while I suffered through this period of adjustment.