A friend suggested that I should try asking for help on these forums, and that is what I'm doing. The first thing anyone who might want to try and help me out would probably need to know is that I'm not actually using linux, but Cygwin. Going to www-dot-cygwin-dot-com could probably explain it better than I ever could, but it's basically a linux environment inside windows. I'm currently too far underage to make my own OS decisions, so I cheated.
But cygwin isn't working too great. I tried to 'make' something (yes, it had a makefile), and all I got was "bash: make: command not found." Don't ignore the rest of this message and tell me "RTFM!" yet. I already did a search in these forums for similar problem, and tried to get the GNU make software for my brand new shiny cygwin download. Then my computer told me "Configure: Error: No acceptable C compiler found in $PATH."
I never downloaded anything other than everything on the cygwin install page (and the GNU Software), and I already tried to read the manual but it didn't help much. So I'm here because a friend suggested that I should try asking for help on these forums, and that is what I'm doing.
And I still have a little hope.