Gentoo comes with a slew of features that puts the user back in control of his machine. In order to optimize your system, you can set up this distro with only what you want, and make it do only what you tell it to do.
Slackware first released in 1993, aiming to be the most UNIX-like distro out there. This system can be tricky since the package manager doesn't track any dependencies, so you'll have to use a non-standard one that is developed by the community.
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