Yes, you can attend many of the local groups near you but I think the best way to learn about computer hardware and software is to tinker with the hardware and software. If you need some additional help the Internet is a great source.
Companies are using Windows and Linux hardware because of the advantages of both systems. I have setup a Linux lab in my home and enjoy work with Linux hardware and free software. Yes, Linux software is open source and free with no strings attached. I am answering this article on a Linux Mint desktop with WiFi to the Internet.
Here is how you can get started with a desktop computer, monitor, new keyboard and optical mouse for $117.
The hard drive is small by today's standards but there are other ways to store data inexpensively.
I was only interested in running Linux on my machine so I did not save the Windows 10 O/S but you could backup the O/S or create a duel boot machine. The 32 and 64 bit Linux O/S and all of the open source software DVD is available at: For $5.85
There are many flavors of Linux and OSDisc sell them all. I selected Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon which as many new features and a great selection of free software.
To get to the Internet, I bought "Belkin N300 Pocket WiFi Adapter, 300Mbps Link Rate" from Amazon for $7.49. There is no software to load on Linux Mint because it is preloaded.
Enjoy taking the cover off the computer to view the parts along with the Quick Start guide provided with your computer for $177 + $5.85 + $7.49 = $130.34
Leon recommends the following next steps:
- If you are not interested in buying a Linux system, at least read the articles to learn more about computer hardware and free Linux software.