> It baffles me how people can handle having a regular slew of new binary blobs to update to, with no idea of the changes contained within.
Generally speaking people keep change logs.
> I guess I just don't trust developers that much with my system, and experience has generally proved me correct.
So the developers that write your software are not good enough to compile it?
What a bizarre concept.
And the developers that write the scripts you use to compile everything, and blindly download and execute via portage, are going to do a much better job?
> For me, there are two models I can work with; the Gentoo model, which is close to how I believe FOSS should work, giving you full control over which updates to bring in and allowing you to create your own unique system,
I don't want full control. I want to hand control over to people that are competent and know what they are doing better then myself. Instead of micromanaging everything I want to only be forced to manage what really matters to me and the task at hand.