I will give this all a try. Like I said I haven't tried anything else because using windows was what I knew how to do, and yes the command line stuff is scary. I would have no idea how to do that. Is there some sort of a guide I can review?
Personally, since I had no experience with Linux, I just set up a Linux Mint virtual machine on my Windows PC that I played around with for a few weeks. It helped me learn how to do a lot of basic things from the command line like moving and deleting files. Then I set up an OMV VM and played around with that for a month or so. You can practice as much or little as you want and never have to worry about messing anything up, since if you do, you can delete the VM and start over again.