Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I was first introduced to Linux in 1998, when it was, perhaps, entering “puberty”. When I was introduced to Linux, I was interested in learning about it. In those days, Linux was harder to use and if you didn't have a love of computers you might have given up. Linux has come a long way since then. Since I wanted more control of my system, I was interested in Gentoo.
Gentoo is a more difficult distro to master because, unlike the install of Ubuntu/Kubuntu, where you can be almost brain dead and still get Linux installed, you have to create configuration files during the install process. However, the Gentoo manual, http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/index.xml, is superlative in explaining what you need to know. Again, I figure if I can master Gentoo, anyone can if they have a desire to do so.
While the package managers of other distros are excellent, for me nothing beats the Portage package manager of Gentoo. When using Red Hat / Fedora and then Kubutu, I still found that there were some packages that package managers like yum or Synaptic had trouble finding. Such is not the case with Gentoo.