Congratulations on your distro choice
Own experience has proven to me that lots of Linux related problems can get an answer by searching on www.google.com/linux Maybe this can help you too. And you are right, we all started as noobs. Linux isn't more difficult than Windows imho. It's different. So you need a period of adaptation. But I'm sure that after that learning fase you'll really learn to appreciate (Mandrake)Linux.