Can only Pool operators run Producer nodes? What is the difference between the producer and relay from a setup point and where to get the specifics for each on installing? Being new it's hard to know what is or is not possible because the documentation is often era specific. It's hard to know which documentation still applies and what docs are out dated. Some things are still correct regardless of era, but I'm struggling with the changes.
My goal is to learn how to do most everything (Best practices, Node creation, CLI interaction, Smart Contracts w/NFT and tokens, analysis etc ) accept I'm not planning on running a pool since it seems like there are so many pools that are not doing well for a number of different reasons. I figure it will be a struggle to get enough ADA staked to make it viable. I first want to mint my own NFTs. NFT-maker pro isn't working. I want to limit the fees by doing myself and am struggling with a full road map. If seen the sprout vids and they get me 3 steps forward but are missing certain details.
If nothing else getting a really good starting point would help.