The Gentoo Linux distribution have a large set of attractive feature, and it's the only Linux distribution that I actually might enjoy using, that I know of. As usual in that sort of projects there's a lot of discussion on IRC and mailing-lists. People disagree and sometimes they leave the project. This has happened more than usual in Gentoo, an illustration of it can be read in Gert Bevins explanation of "Why I left the Gentoo Linux development team" [3000 words].
There is an interview with Joshua Bloch about the new features in J2SE 1.5 [2900 words] over at java.sun.com. Quite interesting, as I'm getting more and more interested in learning Java for various reasons.