On Nov 19, 2005, at 6:38 AM, Edwin van Leeuwen wrote:

> jqshenker wrote:
>> I'd recommend staying away from Gentoo: I prefer
>> source-based OSs, but Gentoo just breaks too often for it to be worth
>> it. Also, Gentoo users are on the whole jerkyer and less helpful than
>> normal people.
>
> I can't help to defend gentoo here a bit. I've been using gentoo  
> for two
> years now and in my experience it doesn't break often, but YMMV. The
> main pro about gentoo is its users and support. The forums are just
> amazing and people are generally very helpful. I know some people who
> use other distros, but they often first turn to the gentoo forums for
> help etc. Of course I have no experience with gentoo people in
> mailinglists and irc. They may all be jerks there.
>

Thanks.  As a Gentoo maintainer for Ruby, I'll chime in and say that  
I actively read this list.  I can't speak for other parts of the  
distribution, but at I can at least safely say that Gentoo is a great  
development platform for Ruby.

Caleb