You know it's time to upgrade when... (13 Mar 2003)
... the load of the box you're building Gentoo packages on can't hit the number of processors because it can't download source code fast enough when it's comming in at 1.6MB/s.
Not too much been happening. Building lots of Gentoo binary packages for possibly installing on department lab machines next year (see above). Point to note: the userpriv option breaks stuff.
Maybe with 64-bit address spaces we can finially get rid of filesystems as a user visiable system and all switch to single-level persistent object stores. Anyway, AMD looks like they have the best 64-bit offering at the moment and EROS's 2002 paper on single-level store design is here