When I changed from DOS to Linux 10 years ago I singe-handedly installed RedHat-5.2 w/o any help. I then went into a book store and grapped 2 books they had on Linux, Linux in 24 hours and Discover Linux. Went thru them page by page. Later I puchased Running Linux and Linux in a Nutshell by O'Reilly and went on a list firstname.lastname@example.org
. That was another school for me.
Yes it might take some efforts to learn Linux compared to Windows if one really wants to and I think it is worth all the while. However, the new distros like VL-5.8 are so easy to install and run that I would almost make a bet that a grandmother would be up and running using it long before any Windows. I can't make the test since I would have to use my wife and I have no Windows anywhere.
And BTW I am still learning the ropes of Linux.