I wrote the top post after a very quick installation, but after using a Planet CCRMA system for a while, the instability of it drove me nuts.
After using Planet CCRMA for a while, I couldn't take it any more. Please check out my post here
as to the reasons....
Gentoo, with the Pro Audio Overlay
is ROCK SOLID STABLE. I HIGHLY recommend it, but not for a beginner.