I've been running Gentoo on my SPARC mail server since last October. That little Sun Blade has run a number of operating systems -- Solaris 8, Solaris 9, OpenBSD, and Debian Linux -- but Gentoo is the only one of the bunch with which I've felt really comfortable.
So now I've got Debian, Fedora Core, and Gentoo on my systems at home. To me, one startling fact is that they're all fairly dependent on a scripting language other than the POSIX shell environment for package management and, to some extent, system administration. Gentoo and Fedora both rely heavily on Python, while Debian needs Perl.
I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, but it's an interesting admission that systems management is increasingly too complex for POSIX toolsets.
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