I want to desperately install Gentoo but after failing numerous times I just can't do it. I heard someone saying that Vidalinux is essentially the same thing (uses portage which is what I want) and looks nice. Has anyone tried this? I might give Gentoo another try in the summer, I don't know yet. How does portage work? Is it anything like Debian's amazing package manager? Are Vida and Gentoo wildly different? Near the same? I usually hate fork offs of popullar distros (like the 100 or more off of Debian...) so any personal advice would be most appreciated. Thanks.
EDIT: Oh and are there any more Gentoo clones out there (and/or are they better than Vida?)