I am now on m 12th hour (sitting at the desk watching stuff compile) of the install and I still have not booted into a usable OS. My first impressions are not very good so far. I would never be able to use this for a server OS, specially on a box without internet access.
The performance gains better be blazing on my Athlon XP 1700, or this distro will be gone in a flash. The good news of course is that I can get my old workstation back up and running in about 45 minutes, which includes restoring all my personal files using rsync from a secondary partition.
I guess we'll see how much longer this takes. If the OS is not running by 10:00PM tonight than I will giving up on Gentoo and may give Suse a try.