You don't want to just sit there and RTFM; modern Linux distributions have become too easy; what can you do to actually learn Linux? My advice: setup an Internet server.
Some reasons why this is a good learning experience:
Step to success:
- Try to have another Internet-enabled computer around for looking things up.
- Depending on your level of experience with Linux, choose a distribution somewhere between Mandrake and rolling your own.
- Make multiple copies of any installation floppies (if it crashes mysteriously during install, try another floppy)
- Install a minimal system and gradually add more components (this is a dream with Debian's apt-get).
- Get connected to the Internet first.
- Look up some basic security tips (smart people will suggest you do that before going on-line).
- Start adding services, one at a time; don't start with the next one until you're successful with the previous or have completely given up.
- Add weirder and weirder things until you run out of hard drive space or get a job as a Linux consultant and start the process all over again on a client's computer.
- Go on-line and share what you learned.