Re: Which of these is better?
I'm too lazy to install gentoo. If i want an app I want it quickly and pacman will give me that. Unless you have a super fast cpu and can compile stuff nearly the speed that pacman can download and install packages i would avoid it. I've never personally tried slackware but i hear it's super stable. That being said arch has been super stable for me. And if an update ever breaks something for me I just roll back the offending package. Arch makes it simple to figure out how to fix a package update. View pacman.log and see if anything relevant to the breakage was updated. Install old version of package from the pacman cache.
Whoever came up with the phrase "There is no such thing as a stupid question" obviously never had the internet.