My article, "Rethinking the Linux Distribution", was published today on O'Reilly ONLamp.
I have done a lot of research on what the Linux distribution should look like in the emerging Web 2.0/SaaS/Web OS world, and came up with a set of recommendations. The recommendations are backed by running examples (with source code) and lots of references. The article also discusses governance of Free/Open Source projects.
One of my major suggestions is to replace the traditional shell-based administration infrastructure with Python. I cover a relatively recent, highly rated Linux distribution, which has already started down this path.
The article includes an example of using IPython and Matplotlib for system administration.
Hope everyone here will enjoy considering a Linux (or *BSD) distribution, where the core system infrastructure is all in Python.