Thank you. This is the first time since Gentoo appeared that I've read what appears to be both an honest testimonial and a practical use for the system.
Having worked on commercial software for Linux in the past, I often found myself rebuilding complex trees (e.g. Mozila, wxWidgets) just to flip one or two extra flags (Unicode on/off? --some-strange-chunk-of-code=yes). It was more often than not, easier to do this by just grabbing the original .tar.gz rather than doing a deb or rpm source build. In retrospect, Gentoo may have saved me a lot of pain and trouble in those days.
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