Originally Posted by Arainach
I used Gentoo for quite a few years. And to be honest if I could be given a machine with Linux installed to use and administer, it'd be my first choice. But I'm so sick of the install process, so I've moved completely to Ubuntu.
What about the performance benefits of rolling your own? It has been a long time since I've rolled my own, 8 years maybe? Anyhow, since Debian was on the scene I have been an avid fan but then Ubuntu came along and really polished the desktop experience with its prompt updates. For a server, I would use OpenBSD first, if I had to go linux I would go Debian Stable, but for desktop/workstation I do want some eyecandy that is both pretty and very functional. KDE 4, Gnome/Compiz seem to be really close to getting at the finesse that Tiger and Leopard have (even though some aspects of the former outpace the latter, but Apple seems to do it better overall).
Still, I wonder if optimizing everything again, with Gentoo would increase performance on the desktop to warrant the time compiling? With the new quad core systems, I can't seem compiling taking that long.