start slow... read much... pick a subject & try for yourself.
as you read other peoples questions, read the answers carefuly..
you will soon get the jist of what is what.ive been playing with bt linux for a little bit now.
i'll look for somthing that has been writen about, then have a go myself.
from that you learn more than just following a stepped guide.
although a good guide is helpfull when your about to throw your laptop out the window...