It was between Debian and Gentoo and maybe Slackware, but Gentoo's install was closer to LFS' so I tried it first. Now they made me a developer so I suppose I should stick around. For what it's worth, I agree that our editor would probably be happier with Debian or another of the suggestions.
Some people buy a boat to relax. Some people build one in their basement. In the end it's just personal preference.