Last stage 3 size I checked:
Originally Posted by tuxdriver
Gentoo has a hard dependency on python which will make it a bit larger. Apparently turbopup is around ~100MB; DSL is 50, if you're going by disk space.
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 134M Nov 12 05:29 stage3-amd64-20091112.tar.bz2
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 35M Nov 18 19:45 portage-latest.tar.bz2
People who use words like "bloat", think top is giving them an accurate picture of memory usage, and think that the amount of disk space taken up by a base install is somehow connected with performance really don't understand how memory allocation and shared libs work.
This distro will suffer the same problems that any distro not tuned for specific hardware will suffer.