The main benefit that Gentoo has over Ubuntu is the ability to fine tune the system, leaving out what you don’t want and including those components you do. This means the system can be more lean, which results in better performance and less overhead.
At its core, Gentoo is about flexibility, not about optimizing code to run the fastest. It’s about being able to make your system whatever you want it to be, through the use of USE flags.
I've always liked the Gentoo philosophy and, with Portage getting better and better over the last couple of years, I'm finding SL/Gentoo a really usable OS. I don't have Entropy installed on my main machine any more, just Portage, so can't really comment on that side of things, but the Gentoo source package approach makes perfect sense to me. The vast majority of packages don't take that long to compile on modern hardware, so I don't find the waiting such a drag (although I still draw the line at merging openoffice, and merge openoffice-bin instead). It's not difficult to see why the Chrome OS developers switched to Portage, is it? The fine-grained control does it.
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