Comment on Pixel Image Editor

I'm curious to know, how much of a is this, as compared to Pixen, which is a pure pixel editor, and only that (meaning, it doesn't have much in common with Photoshop and those guys, except for layers functionality).

I'm looking for a decent application to create pixel art (as in more or less minimalistic graphics). But the last time I tried downloading and install Pixel Image Editor, I gave up since the DarwinPorts installation seemed too complicated, or rather, it didn't work at all for me.

Happy for any advice, preferably from a pixel artist's point of view.