Ok, I've been using Gentoo for months now and it's the freakin' TITS! OMG, it freaking WR0X! Now before anyone chimes in with "oh the install's difficult" or "I just don't have the time to install it" let me say this... GROW A PAIR! RTFM on their web-page, take the 20 minutes to set-up the install and let the freaking thing RUN. All the excuses I've heard from people who don't make it through the install process basically boil down to one thing: They're scared to install it. They're scared that they'll fsck it up or mess something up, so they just don't do it. Well, suck it up and try it and you'll be happy because going through that process will teach you something. Even if you still don't like Gentoo after that, you'll be comfortable enough with your system and linux that you can just go install LFS and FORCE things to be done your way. Break free from the chains of default configurations and GET GENTOO!! Besides, precompiled packages just can't run as fast as something tailored to your hardware!
And THAT is the rant of the day.