I'm thinking about switching Linux distributions (Funtoo/Gentoo). I'm just starting to look at some of the ones out there and what the actual differences are.
As a user, I'm not entirely concerned with systemd or not. I know a couple distributions have forked udev to keep init systems that are more modular (Funtoo/Gentoo), but as long as it works I'm less worried about the architecture. I don't plan on running rm -rf / soon.
I think there are a couple things I may need to build and install from source, but honestly the less I need to actually build the better. The things I definitely can't do without are decent fonts, xmonad, a true-color terminal, zsh, tmux, mutt, weechat, git, nvim (vim), llvm, python, and qemu which hopefully aren't too esoteric.
If there's an existing way to backup the list of packages explicitly installed by the user, that is definitely something I can use. Other than that, the least number of packages necessary to support those is best. Space isn't an issue, but smaller is still better.
Similarly, if there's a way to build profiles akin to Funtoo's mixins, that's also something I can use. I'm not sure if puppet or chef entirely fit the bill in this case, but I definitely wouldn't mind hearing from anybody that's more familiar.
If possible, I'm hoping there is a distribution that isn't dependent on glibc as well. I'm guessing that these are probably only embedded distributions though.
Does anyone have any suggestions?