BillFoster wrote:That leaves gentoo as the only version of Linux I have not come to grips with.
Bill, you do know that Sabayon Linux is Gentoo Linux? SL is basically Gentoo with an overlay (called "sabayon") plus some customisation of e.g. bootsplash, themes etc. and an additional package manager (called "Entropy") for binary (i.e. pre-compiled) packages. The kernel has also been tweaked to work out-of-the-box with more hardware, but that's user-configurable anyway. All the Gentoo stuff is still there: Portage, scripts, openrc, baselayout2, init scripts, etc. So if you're using Sabayon Linux you are
using Gentoo, albeit with a lot of the hard work done for you as things like KDE or GNOME, networking etc. have been installed already for you so you don't have to do it yourself from the ground up. That's all. But you can still use only Portage and do things only the Gentoo way if you want to.