I hope that everyone is having a great start of the year! I'm excited to be starting 2017 with Bodhi 4.0.0!
As a computer enthusiast, I have found Linux has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have come across outside of learning Cisco's IOS. Countless times I have set things up on my PC (running Linux), blown it up, searched how to fix the issue, blown something else up messing around, chatted on IRC for a solution, blown something else up, poked around the forums for help....ad infinitum. Love it. Wouldn't trade if for anything. Waiting for a windoz update to fix an issue that they broke was not my thing anymore...
I have attempted to use other streamlined distros and have found their communities to not be as helpful or welcoming (how dare you ask a question of a forum for help at a non-expert level...tisk tisk...). It is through this very "slim" nature of Bodhi that has really aided in my learning of Linux - the basics without bloat! And while I am certainly no Linux expert, I am light-years past where I was 16 or so years ago as a young person running SUSE Enterprise on a homemade computer with a barely functional dial-up connection...guessing if I could figure out syntax through guess and check...
So enough ranting...what have you found to be most useful to learn Linux?
Personally, blowing up Bodhi and fixing it has helped a lot - playing with the command line has also helped me better understand what my system is doing and how. I also found the edx/Linux Foundation's LFS101 "Intro to Linux" class to be helpful with areas that I didn't have much previous exposure to. Other than that, trolling the forums/IRC for Bodhi and trying to be helpful has taught me a lot. Even if questions others pose are not issues I have personally experienced, searching and digging into these new topics has been and is a great learning experience.
So what has helped and inspired you?