You might try this post
The stanton finley install guide is quite good;
For general purpose stuff, I would suggest buying a book. There is a lot to learn with Linux...expecially when you are new to it. The Fedora Core Bible Series by Christopher Negus has always been poplular and frequently recommended.
Also, this forum will teach you a lot. For example, several of us were all typing responses at the same time and we wll mentioned some of the same things
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