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As far as my opinion I've never used Source Mage and I've been using Gentoo for approximately a year now and I have no major complaints about Gentoo. I went from FC4 to Gentoo and I haven't looked back. Portage (Gentoo's package management system) is top notch and the developers have made some nice improvements in it lately. I almost rarely have issues installing new software because Portage handles the dependencies for me. Also Gentoo has "USE Flags" so you can tailor the install to what you want (i.e. If you don't want KDE support add -kde as a USE flag). It also has a lot of customizability. If you like to tinker with your operating system I think it may be a good choice for you. It may take some time to configure but once it is you shouldn't have to touch it very often. Also another plus to these "meta distributions" is that you are always up-to-date because they don't version them. Well I hope this helps.