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I am upgrading my machine a little (getting a new HD), and I am wondering if it would be good to switch to Gentoo. I am currently using Mandrake 9.1. I am having a good time with it, not bad at all. I, however, just started using Linux this summer and I thought "What a good way to learn the 'real' linux install process by loading Gentoo." Basically, I am asking for Gentoo users out there to tell me their frustrations with Gentoo and their happiness with it.
I think gentoo is a great move. I used mandrake 9 for almost a year. It got to the point where rpms were just too much to deal with. Gentoo takes forever to install (read: at least 2 days) and if you don't follow directions to the t, you'll have to start over. Package management is easy and simple. SLackware is wonderful if you want to learn the ins and outs of linux, but if you want update stuff as easy as possible, go with gentoo.