Ive been trying to install Linux and actually get it up and running so i can learn all about it.
If you want to learn about GNU/Linux, stay away from the GUIs. Go back to windows if you like guis.
Use slack, debian, or gentoo...or at least something centetred around CLI (command line interface) as opposed to guis (graphical user interface). You won't learn @(*! if you stick with a GUI system.
I guess you could change your runlevels to allow redhat to dump you to CLI, but you might as well use slackware at that point.
Here is a tip...learn to compile from source too, it teaches you a lot about how the system works.
If you want a rough intuition between winblows and linux, you can think of /etc as a less cryptic and useful Winblows Registry.