Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I remembered there was some of jokes or such like, which depicted major GNU/Linux distributions as in cartoon pictures. As for Gentoo, if I recall correctly, it is a broken old-school CRT monitor with some funny words like “You broke, fix it.” That was what I thought about Gentoo before I really trying it.
When I decided to download and burn the CD (I still couldn't remember what motivated me), I felt no fear about it. Honestly, some should have. In my opinion, Gentoo is not for a complete Linux newbie to try, even though its documents are well-written and truly full of knowledge. The installation process and maintenance are dumped a lot of terms and intermediate-skill-required stages. It is absolute not to saying Gentoo is for expert-only. Actually, there is a fact for one thing, by which can decide whether you are an expert or not: Are you willing to RTFM and google for answers?
If you are, then there is no doubt that Gentoo is the one for you.