Absolute Newbie - Can I Begin?

Our sites are hosted at IX which supports Ruby 1.6 but claims no
support for Ruby on Rails. Before I invest time to learn this GREAT
technology, I want to know if there is a need for the webhost to
support Ruby on Rails or can I upload the libraries and use RonR?

Any insight is appreciated,

I'm *highly* biased, but think you'll be much better off hosting
with a Rails knowledgeable hosting service.