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Why Gentoo?

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Recently Distrowatch editor Ladislav Bodnar complained:

I keep saying the same thing every time people come here to defend Gentoo: please write an article explaining why Gentoo is the greatest thing since sliced pickles and I’ll publish it in the next issue of DistroWatch Weekly. Or write a review. Write about your experiences running Gentoo as a desktop or server. Anything. I know it doesn’t look like it, but I really am desperate for some positive coverage of Gentoo! Many of you obviously love Gentoo and have tons of great experiences with it, so why don’t you share them?

Do we Gentoo users write so little about why we love this distro? I didn’t think so, so I fired up Google’s blogsearch and immediately found several blogposts explaining why people use Gentoo, by:

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