>>16816>the big benefit of Gentoo over other distros is that it will run very efficiently
Those who say this kind of things don't know what they're talking about. What's great about Gentoo is that you can configure it to behave the way you want it. A binary distro will most of the time compile its packages with every single possible options enabled because there's no way to really know what the users may need the packages for. This means that when you install a package on your machine, you'll need to install a huge amount on unneeded packages.
I for example encountered this problem when trying to install libnotify on debian. For whatever reason, it wanted to install the adwaita icon theme too. Which is stupid because I did not need any icon theme. I do not use icons.
This example can seem kind of inane, but I decided to use it because it was simple to understand. Other examples include being able to choose whether you want to use systemd or openrc, openssl or libressl, whether you want selinux enabled or not etc.
To be honest, switching to gentoo didn't make my system faster in any way. It even made booting slower as Systemd is way faster that OpenRc is (yes, even with 'rc_parallel="YES"'). But having a sane init system is really worth the few additional seconds of boot time.
The only "efficient" thing I noticed on Gentoo is that after a fresh boot (without starting X or anything else) the ram usage is lower than it is on a Debian minimal install. But I don't really care about using 30MB of ram instead of 60, I never ran out of ram in situations that didn't involve a memory leak.
>I'm curious to know what some of you do with your machines other than gaming and coding?
I use my main computer with DistCC. It compiles packages for my laptop and my raspberry pi, which I use to self-host a few services.