Well, to use the word 'smart' very loosely, I think it's fair to say that when it comes to learning Linux, there's a LOT to learn before anyone can call themselves 'smart' to any degree.
That said, it sounds like you have your work cut out for you, with 1/5 machines running, but you definitely have arrived at the right place -- there are lots of smart, knowledgeable people around here, and a treasure-trove of information!
I'm only about 5 months new to Linux myself, and loving it. I'd be happy to reply to you on any general questions you have, if I am able to help at all; my email's in my profile. No guarantees I'll have the answers you're looking for, but feel welcome.