I definitely spent less time on maintaining Gentoo than Ubuntu or Windows.
Why 25% ? because that's the average difference i saw on 64bit system.
So a have earned a lot of useful time
In theory, you are right. I know what I want and especially what i don't want. I don't need PA for my desktop and PA isn't ready for my HTPC - useless.
I have never used evolution - don't want to see it or any of it's parts on my system
Why should i care ?
1. it is almost 10USD/GB on /
The other thing, is that if you have two (or more)systems (better with same architecture ), then you win even more. Packages are very portable You can share the resources, but compile only once.
To all "We can do it (compile) too" good luck
I still remember that Debian dependencies nightmare.
"In order to build this package you need following 18546 packages.
some of this packages are unavailable for some reason"
Everything can be done on every distro.
Gentoo makes it ultimately easy to have it your own way.
Sorry, i spent my hard earned money on HW and i want to use every bit. Even that useless sse 4.1.
25% performance increase may cost you thousands dollars on newer higher end HW. Why to waste what you already have ?
I'm typing on Win 7 and sometimes i can change writing language (layout switch) continue typing and see the change taking effect only after i already typed couple of words. Fine example of sluggish.
Ubuntu 7.10-9.04 was horrible in terms of performance.
I do follow binary distributions (have my parents and some friends).
Switching them to Sabayon. If you read carefully how to mix Portage with Entropy and then follow ... just amazing what you can do in few commands/clicks