I used any major distributions there is.
Gentoo hits home with me as it’s the pinnacle of customization and stability in the world of linux distros.
It simply does not get any better than that.
Optimizing and building against your own hardware and specific CPU set of instructions is as good as it gets in terms of performance and stability.
So, hard? Maybe,
Time consuming? Just the first time.
But the ROI is unparalleled, undeniable and obvious and that explains the hardcore, die-hard community that keeps it alive over the years.