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Discussion on: Ubuntu 18.04 Upgrade Problem Resolutions

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Emerge does much more than just compile (it involves checking the changelog, patching the sources, respecting the USE flags etc.), but you are generally right.

Sabayon's binary packages sacrifice Gentoo's "selling point" of being a flexible "meta distribution" though, and it was reported that there are more disadvantages in daily usage. I haven't tried Sabayon, I went right from Void to Gentoo because of that.

At least Gentoo has official binary packages for the most annoying ports, i.e. LibreOffice and Firefox.