I am a semi newb to linux and given the circumstances right now being out of a job i am taking the time to heighten my skill set, i have a BS in system security so i am going to concentrate on that aspect. I have been playing with ubuntu 8.04 which i see is stable more that 8.10 after the upgrade their are known issues with network settings so i am going back to 8.04 but my ? is i really want to make a IDS using snort or some other tool to monitor traffic on my home network. i have this pc 2gig P4 with 1gig of ram and 40gig drive works great. i want to learn more about packet capturing using snort or some other tool. what i am finding is that their are guides on how to install snort but there are a lot variables that are not correct so i have to figure out the parameters myself which is not easy sometimes. is their a complete guide of using snort or someother tool that is step by step baby steps being used on a linux distro that goes hand in hand.