Re: Using Xubuntu for 8 months, but scared of the Terminal, is that normal?
You should be scared. Linux terminals are designed to sense the proficiency level of the user. The less proficient you are, the more it will prey on your naivety. Like a bad dog, it will sneak into your kitchen and eat the binary waffles from the top of your kitchen table. It will chew on the perls in the jewelry box of your hard drive. It will lap up the open source milk in your refrigerator. It will pull the stuffing out of your children's favorite plush software. Nay, I say unto you, you should be scared of the terminal. <--- Humor.
Just start with the easy commands. Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, before the appearance of Homo-Linuxus, DOS ruled the earth. DOS was all command lines. Switching to Linux, for me, brought back fond memories of DOS. Just copy & paste the commands you need. I basically don't use terminal for anything other than apt-get, locate, and deb related commands. Occasionally there are the obscure, specialized and incredibly useful commands - batch converting files, burning ISOs to CDs or DVDs, changing permissions. I always have to look that stuff up.
Linux: You reap what you tweak.