Ubuntu or Mint are both a good place to start, or you could go with Debian. There’s good support with those 3 because, of the amount of folks that run them. Stay away from Gentoo, Void, and Arch until you have a few miles on that new ride. If you do take the dive into the deep end of the pool, use the terminal. Each time you reach for your mouse ask yourself, “How can I achieve the same result from the command line.” Get some tmux in your life and you’ll start seeing dust on that mouse before long. It’s like anything else, the more time you spend with it, the more comfortable you’ll feel. I got the Linux Essentials from Linux Academy. It was a good class. It’s a pretty useless cert but, you can learn a good deal quick. tldr: Tux good. Windows bad.
@MichaelTd thanks for that bash link.
edit: @Foo_Dog I just realized that you started this thread over a year ago. What happened with this? How’d it go?