Just a hint from another newbie (not knowing what you actually need from your computer), try another distro, red hat is good for servers and such, but if you want to get the hang of linux first, try something like knoppix (http://knopper.net/
), it comes on a bootable cd, just put it in your cd rom, and restatrt your computer and you are into linux, very straight forward. I tried red hat myself, but I had a bit of trouble with it (no sound, poor video etc) so I gave up with linux I was scared off because at the time I didnt know about any sites where I could get help (I know its sad). A couple months later my girl friend gave me a copy of knoppix, Ive been happy ever since, and I have even (partly) converted a bunch of my friends. Any way, thats my opinion. Best of luck with the penguin!!