This is a major release: contains bugfixes and enhancements to the Sabayon distribution.
We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Sabayon 16.07.
We ship by default the latest 4.6.3 Linux kernel now!
Upon common agreement, we decided to switch back to the old Anaconda Installer. This might be a sad news for some of our users, but we did for a good reason.
Recently we had internal problems due to the Calamares installer, mostly for missing features compared to our old one. Fabio took the ball and decided to keep maintaining Anaconda in his free time, and he upgraded it to the latest version! So we opted out to replace Calamares in our Official release process. For the Calamares fan, we are still keeping track with it, and for this reason we created the LXQt flavor, that ships by default with the Calamares installer. This also means that the text installer is back, and can be triggered when logging in console mode by typing in "anaconda-installer".
This release will introduce our LXQt flavor. It is in alpha stage, so feedback on it is very welcome.
It features the LXQt Desktop environment, with just the minimal to get started, Anaconda and Calamares also as Installer.
Please, gives suggestions and file a bug at our bugzilla if you encounter any issues, this will help us to keep track with Calamares new features and improvements!
New donation campaign
We just renewed our donation campaign! You can see it here
Please, consider donating us, this project is entirely run by volunteers, and we need money to keep our infrastructure up and running!
As you can see we are always busy to give you the Sabayon experience in your box. We have a lot of exciting updates in the pipeline for the next releases!
Here will follow generic information about the available releases, along with the current state of Sabayon.
As for now we offer 64bit images only.
But you are free to choose between the wonderful minimalism of GNOME, the eyecandy of KDE or the old fart called Xfce. If you are the kind of person who just needs Fluxbox/Openbox/whatever else, just get the Minimal image and you won’t be hit by the “OMG candies” bloat that is in the other images.
We now offer official docker releases as well. You can find them in our official docker profile.
There also is a Docker image available to build Sabayon packages as well, without the need to have all the tools required in your existing machine.
We couldn’t ship just docker images of course. You can find a barebone Sabayon image in the VagrantCloud (now called Atlas). Deploying a Sabayon image now can be even more easier:
vagrant init Sabayon/spinbase-amd64; vagrant up --provider virtualbox
Sabayon Server Edition
The Server Edition is just perfect for those who want to run this distro as a pure server. The installer is still Calamares (just GUI install as for now), but running on a adhoc instance of X, that consequentially bloats the ISO size, but after install all the additional components requested by Calamares are removed from the system. We now also service you with Vagrant images.
Binary vs Source Package Manager
It’s up to you whether turn a newly Sabayon installation into a geeky Gentoo ~arch system or just camp on the lazy side and enjoy the power of our binary, dumbed down Applications Manager (a.k.a. Rigo). With Sabayon you are really in control of your system the way you really want. Read the wiki page if you plan mixing the two package managers.
Native NVIDIA and AMD GPU drivers support
All our releases natively support the latest and greatest GPU hardware from NVIDIA and AMD through their proprietary drivers. Whether you want to enjoy your Linux rig for gaming or video playback, you can. For AMD hardware though, we default to the Open Source implementation for the supported cards. Make sure to pass “nomodeset” to the boot command line to force the proprietary drivers to be used instead: head over the wiki for more details.
LTSI Linux Kernels offered
We are tracking the 3.10, 3.12, 3.14, 3.18, 4.1 and 4.4 Long Term Stable Linux kernels, offering (almost) same-day updates to them. If you are using Sabayon in a server environment, you surely welcome this. However, if you’re using Sabayon on your laptop, desktop workstation, switching between kernels or just moving to a new version has become a no-brainer operation through Rigo: just go to the preferences menu, select the kernel menu (LTS and regular kernels are listed in separate menus), pick a kernel and click “Install”. Rigo will take care of updating external modules in a reliable and safe way on your behalf.
Sabayon Community Repositories
Sabayon Community Repositories (SCR) is a collection of repositories available to Sabayon users that could be enabled/removed from the system by using enman -- our layman equivalent. While SCR content is not as stable as main repos (and we put a lot of warnings in the website for this reason) it is now easier and faster than ever before to get bleeding edge packages not available in the official repositories.
Users can search packages in the SCR website, including step-by-step instructions for enabling the necessary repositories and installing..
More information on how to use SCR is available in the wiki page (under construction). Meanwhile we are currently working on the project documentation: Guidelines and Bylaws can be found on the scr-docs Github repository. More information is also available here
Here are some packages already available in the SCR community repository(just to name a few): app-editors/sublime-text, app-emulation/genymotion, app-emulation/shashlik-bin, app-misc/neofetch, app-text/cherrytree, net-im/telegram-bin, x11-misc/mugshot and x11-terms/altyo
SCR: Package requests
If you want a package to be added in the SCR repositories, feel free to open a bug request in the specific section of our Bugzilla: be sure to specify if the ebuild is available in layman if you want it to get done faster.