Thought this might be of help to all the newbies out there. Here is a bunch of How To Videos that are very newbie friendly.
Hope they help some people get a start in modding.
How To Root
G1/MyTouch - http://theunlockr.com/2009/08/22/how...-in-one-click/
Magic - http://theunlockr.com/2009/08/29/how...-in-one-click/
Hero - http://theunlockr.com/2009/08/27/how...-in-one-click/
Hero (Sprint) - http://theunlockr.com/2009/11/18/how...-in-one-click/
CLIQ - http://theunlockr.com/2009/12/24/how...motorola-cliq/
Droid - http://theunlockr.com/2009/12/09/how...roid-adb-root/
Samsung Behold2 - http://theunlockr.com/2009/12/02/how...amsung-galaxy/
Read the begining and end of the procedures to figure out how to root Donut phones, and how to load a custom ROM.
Good luck! Hope it helps someone! Mods, please sticky for newbies sake!