Working on my website, learning php/mysql/xml/xlst seems like some very neat stuff. Actually met someone at my work (a local grocery store) who knows what "linux" is, which is a rare find around here.
Recently installed gentoo on my main desktop system (Athlon XP 1600, ATI Radeon 8500, 512 DDR PC2100, 60gb 7200 maxtor and sblive!) and I like it ALOT. I was previously running debian, but gentoo has tons of up to the minute software, and compiling it at -O3 is a good advantage. Still running debian on my laptop (PII 366, 192 ram, 20 gig harddrive, 13.3 inch screen with several bad pixels) only because I didn't have the heart to sit through the gentoo bootstrap process on a 366 (It took crazy long on my desktop, couldnt imagine a processor over 4x slower).
If anyone out there knows how to get 3d acceleration (or get X to load with the glx module loaded) with a 8500 radeon please let me know. This thing is so much slower than my geforce 2 under linux, I would definitely not recommend buying any ATI products until they properly support their cards under linux.