Cubieboard2: Finally an incentive to jump into linux?

Linux has always been a problem to me. I have a background in electronics, mostly oriented towards digital/embedded systems, but have always stuck with "small stuff" i.e. microcontrollers like PICs and AVRs that are easy enough to understand the detailed workings of just with the manufacturer's datasheet. My last real experiences with linux (i,e, trying to do more than just install packages and run them with the shortcuts that are automatically placed upon installation) date back easily to about 10 years.