People often say that computer is like a toaster, an appliance that's only for work. It should have an OS preinstalled, not offer many options, and it should provide a wizard for everything to hide the complexity from you. To me, it's not a toaster. It's more like a huge set of Legos, or a good puzzle. The more you play with it, the more you learn. . . .
There are plenty of toasters out there in the OS market. Some of them are really good toasters. But I want my Legos
This is the single best explanation I have ever read for prefering Gentoo. (Best being "like mine" )