If you are still reading this, I am open to suggestions about where I can go from here! I would love to learn more about linux and would love to get to a level where I can contibute back to this superior world of linux.
Just needed to tell someone..............Thankyou LQ!!!
LQ is a great help isn't it ? =)
A special pair of browser bookmarks; [Linux Questions, of course]
and [Linux From Scratch]
Linux Questions offers a unique opportunity. I hit the "View threads with zero responses" link first thing. I try to give back by hitting all of the threads I have answers for off the top of my head. Then I pick one or two that sound interesting but I'm not sure of. Then I go crazy with Google and "man whatever-relevant-commands." I have learned some pretty interesting things this way.
Linux From Scratch is a great way to learn how the kernel and tools form a cohesive system. This endeavor requires a bit of work and time. It is a detailed walkthrough of building the system from source and integrating them. Some find it a tedious process, but I've learned a great deal and become more comfortable at the command line as a result.
I think the most important way anyone can "...contibute back to this superior world of linux." as you put it, is to never stop being curious. If you run into a problem keep at it until you solve it, then share your findings.