I was afraid that that was the way that answer was going to go. OK, tell me this, how do you know and how would you figure it out? If it's a matter of just knowing the distro and knowing what conventions are used that's ok, but if there is some way to divine that information out of the system I would like to be able to get it that way. Again what I am looking for is top-level discussion about methods. It would be like telling me that my TV can be hooked to an HDMI device... I can figure out HOW i just need to know that it can be done. I hope that this makes sense and thanks again all!
...Oh and trist007, nice. Thank you, I had to look for it and I learned more in the search than when I actually got there. I still maintain that I have learned more about computers and computing by breaking them and HAVING to repair them.