Version: current Rating: 9 Date: 2017-04-25 Votes: 0
Unable to compare to Gentoo directly because after researching what would be my next distribution I decided to go directly to Funtoo from Debian. It is easier then LFS(Linux From Scratch) but still not for beginners. Portage has been interesting. If nothing else, 52 years working with computers and 35 years working with UNIX and its clones has taught me, things change and not all systems are the same. So if you want to use Funtoo, you need to dig in and learn how it works. Following the instillation documentation will allow you to have a basic system up and running in a short amount of time. You then have to decide on which DE(Desktop Environment) and WM(Window Manager) you want and compile same. Check out Funtoo profiles and the epro command to help with configuring your system.
It will take longer then most distributions to install and have a "useful" system, but you have more control over what is installed.
Not all packages that I use are in the repository. So far I have been able to download and build those packages from source with minimal effort. Without ebuilds for those packages, I needed to figure out the dependencies on my own.
I will say Funtoo has been very stable.
Version: current Rating: 9 Date: 2017-03-06 Votes: 4
Maybe slightly easier to use than Gentoo, mostly because it uses a Debian kernel by default, which needs no compilation. I also like the fact its official repository (its equivalent to the Portage tree) is git-controlled, and not synced via rsync (which is the case for the Portage tree of Gentoo) so one can sync up as many times per day as one wants without angering the maintainers of rsync mirrors and becoming blacklisted. Its /etc/portage/make.conf file is empty by default, which is odd given that Gentoo's equivalent file is usually quite crowded even on a fresh installation. Profiles aren't available for use by eselect, which can make things simpler, I suppose.
Version: current Rating: 8 Date: 2017-02-06 Votes: 1
Easier than Gentoo, but still not for beginners. The majority of packages in the repository need to be compiled in order to get installed, a task that requires time, memory, storage and knowledge in the Linux ecosystem, not for the faint of heart.