OK, thanks for the advice! Sorry about the impatience, but I finally found the place I have been looking for quite a while and was somewhat surprised by the lack of response.
I am actually a missionary kid, and was in Africa for 8 years, therefore, my knowledge of computers has been recently acquired. (I was in Sierra Leone during the coup, and was evacuated twice, thus according to friends an family, I have a very 'adult childhood'. I have the problem of over-analyzing things and am regarded as not being enough of a 17-year old.) My friend who is a program/IT Security Technician for a local company first introduced me to linux, and his nephew helped me set up Fedora Core 5. (Unfortunately Windows crashed and my cousin unknowingly put a strong magnet on my hard-drive containing Fedora). So, I have pretty much done a lot with Windows for the last couple years. I am somewhat of a webdesigner (using raw HTML and Dreamweaver occasionally) and absolutely love the faces I get when I solve a person's computer problem. I recently bought a new HP Pavilion (customized) and install Linux at the first chance I got. I started with Ubuntu, then added KDE packages because it's shiny :-) I am interested in using Back Track or Slackware, but Slackware has not been loading that great for the install yet. I also am in the midst of trying to create my own distro based on Ubuntu 6.06 and adding security packages to it, I have not gotten around to compiling it yet...and yes, I have done it all with tutorial on doing it though command line. I have been told by many programmers or friends of mine that I am a hacker, but as Eric Raymond adequately put it, I am not one till a real hacker tells me I am. I know about 5 or so ways to ruin my High School's network, but am not interested in doing it and therefore let the administrator know what to change. (Although my friends tell me to do it anyway). I know HTML well, tried C++ without a lot of luck, and as Python does not compile under itself, I am not interested in it and hope that there is still a chance of becoming a hacker regardless of my lack of programming knowledge.
Hopefully this answers some questions you may have, and once again, I appreciate feedback greatly...
I may be a newbie, but I am willing to learn.