No doubt dude:0
I'm trying to learn myself.
If you really wanna get at hacking linux and messing with stuff here's my
1) buy used computers, that are cheap, that are both older and newer
I got 3 PC's, a hp a810n amd athlon64 3300+ with 1gb ram, 160gb hd with 9 partitions
, a Emachines 768mb ram, 2 partition athlon XP 2200+, and the 128mb dell I mentioned above
Plus got a toshiba 7000CT 160mb ram, 4gb hd(?!)
all together I spent about $100 for all of them, 2 from ebay, and 2 were "free" in a local paper.
See, if you have "test bed" machines that are expendable, you can mess stuff up, make all kinds of partitions without fear cause, hey it cost $20
My main, real PC is newer HP and boots ArtistX and also now Ultimate Edition 2.2
2) buy a few usb's and format one ext3, fat32, etc
get comfortable with isolinux, syslinux and grub too.
3)download different distro's and start trying to hack'em
4) Big tip, I've found that about 85% of linux working good is editing a configuration file somewhere
isolinux.cfg, lilo.cfg, menu.lst, syslinux,cfg, xorg,cfg, etc
5) Using a ext3 grub usb, it will boot on most PC's that won't boot from usb using Plop bootmanager, cause it thinks the ext3 usb is 1st harddrive, tricking grub
Need some scripts to create iso's or a custom spin of something
usb's are easy too.