need help asap!!!!

I just got this dell laptop from my friend which has this software on it and Im not familiar with it @ all...I have a ton of questions on how to operate this laptop and this software. Im so used to windows..can someone answer my questions for me please!!! Please email me at patrena95(at sign)yahoo.com with ubuntu in the subject..

Basic Toolkit

1) Download the Linux Starter Pack - http://www.tuxradar.com/linuxstarterpack
2) Look at the UNOFFICIAL Ubuntu Guide - http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Lucid
3) Look at the UNOFFICIAL Kubuntu Guide - http://kubuntuguide.org/Lucid
4) Look at Psychocats - http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu
5) Download the Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference - http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html
6) Download Ubuntu 10.4 Manual - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/04/ubuntu-1004-manual-released.html

Ubuntu

There are a few things to do different on Ubuntu but trust me, it isn't too hard. I'm a recently new Ubuntu user myself so I can help if you'd like. Let me know what you want to start with (what do you need to do right now) and I'll help. If working with Office replacements is what you need, I recommend the built in OpenOffice programs. If you're just needing to use what replaces MS Internet Explorer, Firefox is better as is Google's Chrome.

Anyway, let me know if I can help.

Jim

Browsing

I guess the first thing to do is to get to know where things are. For the short term, pretty well most of the applications are ... under Applications. So for browsing, go to Applications - Internet - Firefox, and for using a spreadsheet go Applications - Office - Openoffice.org Spreadsheet. If you really really really want Internet Explorer ... I'm sorry, you'll have to suffer because Microsoft don't make a version for Linux.
Instant Messaging is ... different. Don't let that put you off, the advantages you gain by running Ubuntu will probably outweigh the disadvantages. You will need to Google something like "Ubuntu empathy yahoo instant messenger setup". Empathy is the current standard instant messenger package that Ubuntu uses, although I personally prefer a package called Pidgin, which was the previous standard package. Unlike Windows, where each instant messenger system has it's own application, Ubuntu uses one application that covers each of the major systems. Generally, chatting, as in communicating using text, is 100% successful; communicating using voice and file swapping is ... "not quite 100%".
Now I guess you are probably wondering about why they forgot to include an antivirus package. Well, they didn't forget ... and no, they aren't being irresponsible ... it is because you don't need one. True, the generally accepted practice is to not bother with one if you run Ubuntu, and no, my computer isn't riddled with viruses and malware (at least as far as I can tell, anyway).