Since I am nuts, I finally decided to try out Gentoo on an old sandbox computer laying around. Basically I followed the gentoo handbook line by line, and had minimal problems through most of it (besides mounting the root directory twice, whoops!). Emerge is, um, emerging as a wonderful command, and basically the only error I had so far was having to re-emerge the x11-libs/cairo package with the X flag.

USE=”X” re-emerge x11-libs/cairo

Of course, I started this whole thing 2 days ago with a stage three tarball! XFCE is in the background happily (I hope) compiling away. The jury is still out as to whether or not Gentoo will provide a faster machine, but it has been a fun learning experience so far!