The good about portage: * You can build software with the features you want/need * march=native feels like it actually makes a difference on some programs * The firefox version is perfect The bad: * Compiling takes a while, can't install software on a whim. * Needs a lot of tinkering with config files * oh, you need to change this use flag on a common lib? time to recompile everything! The ugly: * cryptic slot conflicts
I found it much more confusing than pacman at first but starting to like it.