Well, the network install did not go as planned. Now I have a VERY basic Linux system, but I did it! I've been creating files, using pico and vi, and exploring the file system. I learned Unix commands for my networking class, but that was 2 years ago, and I'm very rusty. I'm trying to see this as a blessing - I'll have to start thinking in Linux again anyway.
In any case - I've done it! I've really installed Linux on my computer!