Planet Larry seems not to be updating for some reason. It's stuck on September 27th. Hope that gets cleared up soon.
It's been a few months since I switched back to Gentoo from Ubuntu. Things are going well. Everything works fine. I don't find myself spending any more time keeping it up and running than I did with Ubuntu. Sometimes I find myself missing little things like USB flash drive automounting that come installed by default in Ubuntu but which I'm too lazy or apathetic to set up in Gentoo. But then I think I must not really need such things, or else I would spend the time to set them up, wouldn't I?
I think "user-friendly" computer systems like Ubuntu tends to give you a of things like that: things that are nice to have but if you don't have them you don't really miss them. Automount is one. I lump GDM/KDM into that category also. It's actually easier and faster to do startx manually, but Ubuntu gives you GDM and it's kind of nice to look at, so you keep it around. In Gentoo I never bother installing it. Same with framebuffer console (though I don't remember if Ubuntu even had that).
Probably part of the reason my Gentoo install has yet to implode is that I've calmed down and stopped installing so many ridiculously beta versions of lots of packages. Though I am running ~x86 versions of the Gimp, Pidgin, KDE, Firefox, etc. You can't beat Gentoo for the ability to selectively unmask certain programs and keep everything else stable.