My mum got a new laptop the other day and I’ve just put Gentoo Linux on it. *awaits exclamations of “WHAT!? … you cruel sick person.”*
Well, obviously I would hide everything that’s considered “complex” and keep her happy on a GUI all the time (KDE). That’s the great thing about Gentoo. You can make it exactly how you want it. So I can make it super user-friendly and people won’t tell the difference between it and something like Ubuntu. Or, I could even make it purposely crash randomly if I wanted to emulate The Windows Experience™.
The installation was flawless (I normally do something stupid and end up getting kernel panics), and took about 20 minutes (excluding time waiting for it to download source files and .isos at 5kb/s, and the time waiting for it to compile). Manual kernel config – flawless. No problems with setting up the xorg-server either. The Internet was pretty much plug and play.
Laptop is amd64, nvidia graphics card, 2gb RAM, 120GB HD space.
Congratulations to the Gentoo developers for creating such a great distribution!