Was already a weekend task for this debian. Gentoo on that slug would have been a 3 week task. Nah. No way.
With an empty tasksel, it only takes around 45 minutes to install, iirc. Went much faster than I figured it would.
You are right though, it’s sucks as a compile machine. It’s the only linuxthreads machine I have though, so I end up using it to debug linuxthreads stuff. Man, does that suck.