I've been lame about keeping a diary. Always have been.
Well, Penzilla isn't open source yet. I really hope to see our work publicly available some day but I don't think we're close yet.
I'm spec'ing a new system for home (got to do something fun with my tax refund ;). As much as I would really like a dual-Athlon system I think I'll stick to just one. Epox makes an Anthlon mobo that has received great reviews and comes up clean in the Linux kernel mailing lists.
What distro will I install... tough question.
I've been a Red Hat user for several years, primarily because it's the one that I started with and many people I know run it for production systems. I'll admit to my love/hate relationship with RPMs. I'd had far less frustration downloading source and building it myself. Sure, you're fine if the packages come from Red Hat and you're applying them to a current version of the distro. But mix things up a bit and you've got major dependency problems.
I'm leaning towards Debian for two reasons: 1) apt and all the good things I hear about the deb packaging system; and 2) the Debian social contract. Debian is built and maintained by its users and is therefore the most democratic operating system available. And there's no questioning the quality. It's good to have some companies like (formerly) Corel and (recently) Xandros basing their commercial products on Debian because it endorses the quality of the product and help to expand its distribution through marketing and sales channels.
So I think I've convinced myself. Don't get me started on the KDE/Gnome choice. I really have a lot of trouble making up my mind on that one. We'll come to that fork in the road when I get Debian installed.