Is there any alternative to BuddyPress?

I've tried all day to install BuddyPress. Had some good help, but I cannot get it figured out.

I see an awful lot of messages about problems with BuddyPress, here and on the wide wide interweb, and the issues seem to be the same ones which span the ages. If BP is going to be this hard to just get installed, I'm wondering if there is any alternative that will allow the creation of communities.

Anyone have a suggestion?

(I know what you're really thinking, but my wife tells me that every day when she comes home from work.)