I spent two weeks perfecting my perfect Gentoo Desktop. I also wrote a simple utility to make emerge better to my needs.
My make.conf, gentool.pl, and initial applications that I install are located here:
My apps.sh and make.conf will get you a perfect Xfce4 user desktop.
What is gentool pl?
It is a wrapper around emerge that logs everything you see on your screen to /var/log/gentool.log
To update a system: gentool.pl update . After an update, rev-dep is ran several times to fix any update issues automatically.
To run revdep-rebuild multiple times to fix your system: gentool.pl rebuild
To look for packages in the repo: gentool.pl find ssh
To see installed packages: gentool.pl installed ssh
Sync your database: gentool.pl sync
How to get the latest version?
svn co http://mephistobackup.googlecode.com/svn/branches/gentoo
chmod +X gentoo/gentool.pl
chmod 755 gentoo/gentool.pl