So I'm not new to linux (though I am new to .rpm distros.... I prefer debian or arch. Whatever.) and know a bit of coding - enough to recognize things at least, and do a bit of html, c/c++, and pascal.

I confess, though, that I am a complete network security neophyte.

Some (surprisingly friendly) folk on freenode directed me here, but I'm not finding a **Level 1 Start Here** or anything like that. I'm not expecting anyone to hold my hand, as that would remove the challenge (i.e. the fun), but I feel like I didn't just jump in the deep end, but rather was dropped into the middle of the ocean with no land in sight, and I have no idea which way to go first.

Any help at all is appreciated!

Thanks in advance :-)