A great read. Nice work Ryan.
As some of you are well aware, I cut my geek teeth on Linux (starting in high school). If memory serves, the first distro I really dug into was Slackware (because it was the one some of my IRC friends liked), and then SUSE, Red Hat, and finally Debian, which I stuck with until I finally made the switch to Mac OS X in 2003.
I'll be honest, as annoying as some things were in Linux (and in the early days damn near everything was annoying, until you "solved" it), a big part of me misses the challenge. And don't even get me started on window managers, especially the nascent stages of Enlightenment, which turned my world upside down (in an awesome way).