No, actually not, setting it up is far more straightforward than it was 10 years ago – there is this thing called “Live CDs”, where you can try out Linux on your PC without touching what’s on your hard drive – it will run a bit slower because of the computer using the CD as its hard drive instead of using the real hard drive.
This is so that you can have a play with, to see if you like it. If you do, then you can then choose to install it (remember to back up your files first…..!). So far I think LinuxMint is really good for those who want to try Linux for the first time.
The downloads section is where you get to choose which LiveCD to save onto a CD, then restart your computer with the CD still in the CD drive. LinuxMint LiveCD version will automatically load – just follow instructions on the screen, and away you go!