IRC is your friend This is where i started and still go for linux Q's.
www.mirc.com &-- a good irc client
irc server: irc.openprojects.net
channels: #linpeople, #debian, #freebsd, #redhat, #perl
all those channels are good channels. The reason i have a debian channel in thier also is because thats the biggest channel on that server. usually it's up around 200+ people in their while redhat is usually around 60 and linpeople around 100+. Just make sure you dont tell them you use redhat tell your well into the problem or they'll laughf at you.
This server used to be irc.linpeople.com. It's basically the open gnu linux help server or somthing like that. I've been on it for 6 or 7 years now. It will beet the hell out of all the other servers like undernet, efnet, dalnet. Most of the linux channels on those are just full of dicks that say &man this& and &man that&