Dear Ubuntu Forum,
I'm a typical Mac then Windows user, that uses their computer for games and word processing, photos and music. I'm not stupid, but I am uneducated when it comes the theory of computers. I know there are many books showcasing the daily use of Ubuntu - which is mostly what I'll be using it for. I am curious, though, about the rest.
This arose when I tried to follow instructions I found on the Internet on dual booting my Alienware X51 (http://en.community.dell.com/owners-.../20161438.aspx). I could follow most of it, like a monkey pulling levers, but once I came to something not spelled out I was blocked. I just don't know the concepts or terms - but I would like to.
I talked to some computer (Windows) friends for help, but they didn't know the theory either. It made me think that GParted and mountpoint aren't necessarily "normal" computer concepts. I've seen on the forums there are many people willing to help - but where do I learn enough to even know what questions to ask?
I've come here hoping for some experienced advice. I suppose I need to start at the basics, but I don't really even know what that is. Hardware? Filing systems (is that even a thing)? In a magical world, I would hope to be directed to a book - or series of books - to help me gain a footing. Right now, I find books telling me how to check my email or else books that assume I already possess some sort of base knowledge.
Am I clearly explaining what I'm looking for? Does such a thing exist? If not, perhaps you can help me find the right questions so that I can gain the understanding to ask the right questions.