I am a information systems student in college and I'm just getting tired with the BS that goes along with windows and I'm planning to switch to Ubuntu. Is there anything new users need to know right from the start? Also I've tried googling for resources for new users but have came up with mostly Ubuntu vs other Distro links, so if anyone could provide links to some Linux/Ubuntu beginner tips it would be great. Thanks in advance!
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I think most users should be able to just use Ubuntu. A primary goal for you should be to explore Ubuntu Software Center, as that is a concept Windows users are not familiar with and where you'll find most of the software you'll ever need.
I recommend using the Guest user as much as possible when you're experimenting with the system, as nothing you do as a guest can harm the system, and everything you do is forgotten when you log out or reboot. That means you can really go to town on the system and not worry about a thing.
You should also get yourself an account at http://one.ubuntu.com. You get 5GB of free online storage and you can sync with all your computers. You get databases and stuff too, and you get OAuth and OpenID so that you don't have to register with username and passwords on all those sites and just use "login.ubuntu.com". Very pleasant.
I'm sure there are other things, but you'll have to discover them for yourself.
Good luck and have fun! :)
This seems to be a good intro in the way of videos go and if you can bare the Irish accent.
I have recently switched to Ubuntu and I have been using it for about 3 months now. I will share some of the things I think are good to do/know.
Hope this helps and is somewhat what you were looking for.