I have been using mandrake for a few weeks, so I'm new at all this. I was wondering what the difference of ease of use is between mandrake, which is always recomended to the beginner and say gentoo or slackware, which from what I understand, is reccomended to advanced users. So why the emphasis on user level, when you can run the same window managers on all distro's?

Thank you

ps. ok, just figured out that gentoo is lfs, so I can understand why it's much harder...what about slackware though, if it infact is harder to use,