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I just finished a Stage 1 install. It was great, but beware, it takes a long time. I didn not let it use binary packages for anything. (It is possible to use binary packages for some things like KDE/Gnome or Xfree once you get a basic system up). I actually started the installed at 7:30 EST on Friday May 16th. It finished sometime last night (Tuesday May 20th) while I was sleeping. Now keep in mind I started it and left it serveral times so I am sure it was waiting on me for a few hours in there somewhere. And keep in mind I was doing it on a Pentium III 550Mhz with all optimazations turned way up on the compiler.
Eitherway, I have never tried the other methods of installing Gentoo but I am very happy with the performance and everything of the system as it is right now. I think kde set a record though, took 30 hours to compile on my machine (including dependancies).