Gentoo Linux is the BSD of GNU/Linux distributions; it’s elegant and customizable and you know exactly what you’re getting when you install it. If you do it right, Gentoo is usually faster than your average GNU/Linux distro because everything can be compiled with higher compiler optimizations. The 2004.2 edition of Gentoo Linux lacks the improvements I had hoped to see, but this is still the best community GNU/Linux distribution for desktop tinkerers. Some even say that it makes a good server, too. Linux.com has the full review.