I'll take a close look at the Raspberry Pi foundation's Python Intro for sure.. & thank you everyone for all your collective inputs.
From what I've seen I'll learn version 2.x first and then maybe move on to 3.x. I've found this cracking MOOC course to Learn Python https://www.edx.org/course/introduction ... NjN9i472gk
that teaches in 2.x but some students have found it somewhat challenging and too hard for a Noob to be tackling. I just need to get over the hump of learning a programming language in pukka style to get to that Edx class. That then should give me the full on skill I need. I figure once I've learned 2.x then learning any other language thereafter should come substantially easier.
On another note I am thrilled about the Pi2 with its faster CPU. I'm not concerned about the lack of GigE but it would be nice to have a pukka HDD available with decent thru put. Still if Broadcom has come this far I suspect that in a year there may be a newer revision out with all the bells & whistles we really want today! For the time being I am waiting till the prices on the Pi2 normalize around $35.00