Y'know, that is a trick. *g*
is RedHat specific and this
starts with Debian and this
is pretty general. I haven't done more than glance at them, so I don't know how great they are. But that last one seemed pretty good and what I saw of the others didn't seem too bad. You can search these forums for several threads about newbie docs. And try http://www.tldp.org/index.html
for a lot of good stuff. (I spend more time bookmarking references than actually reading them, it seems. A shortage of documentation is not a problem with Linux - making sense of it is the thing.)
It depends on what you're interested in. If you want to try to master Linux in general or if you just want to be able to get around on the KDE desktop or if you have a certain objective in mind. A lot of tutorials are CLI-based (as they should be *g*) but some users want to figure the GUI out first.
So did you get your apps started? After I posted I realized I might not have been all that clear.
And don't think of it as "dumbest-ever" or anything - it's just a case of gaining experience. I'm an extreme newbie myself, still, but the most helpful thing is understanding the filesystem, the key files, and the command line. (Helps that I was familiar with DOS.)
Oh - and your own computer, first and foremost. Do 'man man' and 'info info' to learn how to use them and then do 'man command
whenever you have a question about a command/application. They make for heavy going and don't make much sense at first - not so much "newbie help guides" as "programmer ramblings", but they do help and you'll get the hang of it.