There's a new distro called Vidalinux that is supposed to have the speed of Gentoo, Gentoo's Portage, but the ease of installation of Redhat.
I haven't tried it out yet, however, I did notice the following quirks:
* The installer is based on Redhat's Anaconda installer.
* The installer uses a Stage-3 Tarball
The distro is loaded:
* GNOME 2.6 (I'm using this with Slack 10)
* Porthole - A GUI-fied version of Portage
The interesting thing with Vidalinux is that it's simply a repackaged Gentoo system; Porthole is a GUI front for Portage, the Anaconda installer makes installs easier, and it's preloaded with software (you can always unmerge it and emerge the ones you want).
While I'm all about Gentoo and its philosophies on choice, Gentoo's biggest flaw is that it's so difficult to install. However, it seems that the developers for Vidalinux simply threw in stage-3 tarball, some apps, and ran a few scripts to install everything. I find that Vidalinux should allow options for Stage 1 and Stage 2 installs. However, people who are absolutely tired of installing Gentoo the Gentoo way, will find a breath of fresh air with Vidalinux. Once I get it up and running on my laptop, I'll write a quick review.
A few more things, Vidalinux uses the 2004.0 version of Gentoo. It seems that 2004.1 is having problems. I know for a fact that 2004.0 detects my NIC properly, but 2004.1, even with modprobe, won't see my NIC (8139too, tried 8139cp as well).