I am beginning to feel at home with Gentoo again. Sound is working and I can watch my favorite Japanese Anime, and of course, Battlestar Galactica.
A couple months ago, I did manage to install Gentoo on my desktop but I could not get the sound to work. I ended up giving up since I had no idea what the problem was. ALSA was configured correctly. Well, I think I mentioned before, I just had the speakers plugged into the wrong jacks. They were plugged into the internal sound card jacks, not the external sound card jacks.
I tried sticking with PC-BSD and FreeBSD on my desktop but unfortunately, I really needed to use VirtualBox for some of my projects. Plus, only Windows seems to support my Canon laser printer. Drivers were released for Linux but I have no successfully got a Linux box to detect my printer. Hence I am stuck with VirtualBox. Yes, I did try QEMU in PC-BSD. It is a pain to set up.
It is nice to be using Portage again. Ports is nice but Portage is much easier to use in my book. I see the strength in Gentoo-FreeBSD using Portage. Portmanager and Portupdate are great Ports applications, but Portage, but emerge is much easier to use to me.
So far, the only application that I have not successfully compiled was OpenOffice. Most likely some USE flag errors. Luckily, a binary version is available in Portage.
More updates about Gentoo 2008 Beta1 later but as of now, I am using it as my default desktop.