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Important: Sabayon x86 (32bit) is being deprecated

Hello users,

TL;DR: x86 (32bit) support is going away soon, if you use Sabayon x86_64 (64bit), you can ignore this.

in an effort of decreasing our computing and human capacity requirements, I am going to start the process that deprecates Sabayon x86 (32bit) images, package repositories and their support.
x86_64 (or AMD64) has been introduced one decade ago. Yes, it was 2004, pretty much the same year I started messing with a binary Gentoo-based distro.

It’s time to move on, free up resources and focus on what matters. 32bit is not important anymore and modern computers come with tons of GB of RAM. At the same time, I don’t see x32 going anywhere. Instead, I see the need to standardize on one single x86 architecture. Some distributions have started doing the same, for instance, RHEL 7 will not see any 32bit version. Windows 8, well, yes, said goodbye to 32bit as well.

If you are still stuck with 32bit CPUs, there are 5 things you could do:

  1. Make sure that your CPU does not really support x86_64. You may be surprised to know that it might run x86_64 code just fine.
  2. Given our deprecation roadmap, migrate your stuff over a more recent system. eBay, Amazon, are your friends. A second-hand x86_64 system can cost you less than $100.
  3. Migrate to other distros and pray they won’t kill 32bit anytime soon (time is not in your favor).
  4. Migrate your Sabayon system to Gentoo/Portage, basically compiling your own stuff. Alternatively, setup your own Entropy repository in order to keep your system up-to-date.
  5. Burn your motherboard and CPU by doing insane overclocking and then, when they die, violently hit them with a hammer while screaming “You shall not compute!”.

Our deprecation roadmap is as follows:

  • June 2014: stop offering x86 images off our download pages, keep them on mirrors.
  • July/August 2014: stop building x86 images as part of our daily and monthly release rollout.
  • October 2014: stop offering x86 images from our mirrors.
  • November 2014: stop offering package updates, including security updates, for x86 images.
  • January 2015: stop offering packages from our mirrors.

After January 2015, you will not be able to install new packages as well. The only way to keep your system up-to-date is to use Portage (plus our overlays) or Entropy (by maintaining your own repository). Our x86_64 images are multilib, which means that you can run 32bit code on them just fine.

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Latest Monthly Release: Sabayon 14.08

Sabayon 14.08 is a modern and easy to use Linux distributionbased on Gentoo, following an extreme, yet reliable, rolling release model.

This is a monthly release generated, tested and published to mirrors by ourbuild servers containing the latest and greatest collection of softwareavailable in the Entropy repositories.
The ChangeLog files related to this release are availableon our mirrors.

The list of packages included in each Sabayon flavor is available inside*.pkglist" files. Our team is always busy packaging the latest andgreatest stuff. If you want to have a look at what's inside ourrepositories, just go to our packages website.

Please read on to know where to find the images and their torrentfiles on our mirrors.

Fresh software, at all times

Sabayon developers have the funny habit of packaging all the latest stuff that is in the Gentoo repositories and make it available as soon as possible to our users. If you are looking for the latest KDE, GNOME or LibreOffice, the chance that "it's all in the repos already" are very high. We keep rolling 24/7, 365 days a year, because old software get us instantly bored.

Available releases

We offer both 64bit and 32bit images but, these days, unless you're very masochist you should really avoid 32bit and go straight to the future, 64bit that is.
Besides this little piece of advice, 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.

Steam Big Picture mode

Following our well appreciated Media Center mode, that lets you convert your computer into an XBMC-based media center, we're now offering a way to get away from the boring Christmas movies and start doing something more serious: gaming, on Linux. Our KDE and GNOME images come with Steam preinstalled and ready to be launched. In addition to this, a new boot and install mode called "Steam Big Picture" (formerly and improperly known as SteamBox mode) is now available letting you turn your computer into a real Linux gaming console, no matter if it is NVIDIA, AMD or Intel GPU-based.

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.

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.

LTSI Linux Kernels, 3.10, 3.12 offered

We are now tracking the 3.10, 3.12, 3.14 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.

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Press Release: Oh, oh, oh! Sabayon 14.01

Sabayon 14.01 is a modern and easy to use Linux distribution based on Gentoo, following an extreme, yet reliable, rolling release model.
This is a monthly release generated, tested and published to mirrors by our build servers containing the latest and greatest collection of software available in the Entropy repositories.
The ChangeLog files related to this release are available on our mirrors.

Linux Kernel 3.12.5 with BFQ iosched, updated external ZFS filesystem support, GNOME 3.10.3, KDE 4.11.4, Xfce 4.10, LibreOffice 4.1.3, UEFI SecureBoot support for 64 bit images (with bundled UEFI shell), systemd as default init system, a greatly improved version of the Entropy package manager supporting concurrent activities (like parallel installation of applications) and PackageKit 0.8.x support with backend parallelization enabled. Last but not really least, the integration of Steam and a new install profile called Steam Big Picture mode (also improperly known as SteamBox on my blog) that turns your computer into a powerful Linux gaming machine.
These are just some of the awesome things you will find inside the box.

Please read on to know where to find the images and their torrent files on our mirrors.

Steam Big Picture mode

Following our well appreciated Media Center mode, that lets you convert your computer into an XBMC-based media center, we're now offering a way to get away from the boring Christmas movies and start doing something more serious: gaming, on Linux. Our KDE and GNOME images come with Steam preinstalled and ready to be launched. In addition to this, a new boot and install mode called "Steam Big Picture" (formerly and improperly known as SteamBox mode) is now available letting you turn your computer into a real Linux gaming console, no matter if it is NVIDIA, AMD or Intel GPU-based.

Parallel Entropy, parallel PackageKit

It took a couple of months to be ready for prime time, but we're happy to announce that Sabayon 14.01 is being shipped with Entropy 254, containing true parallelization support. Installing and removing packages simultaneously while querying the system repository is now possible and the Big Entropy Lock is in the process of being completely removed (the brave-new-lock-2 feature branch is now live) and future Entropy releases will be able to install and remove packages in parallel within the same transaction, to squeeze all the possible I/O and CPU capacity available on modern systems.
The new PackageKit 0.8 Entropy backend now has parallelization enabled as well and, thanks to the extensive use of lazy loading of resources, offers an unprecedented request latency.
Entropy Client and Server modules are going through a complete API refactoring.

1-Click updates, passwordless upgrades, reliability improvements

With the advent of Entropy 254, we have also been able to improve the ease of use and effectiveness of our graphical frontends, Rigo (a Google-like package management system interface) and Magneto (a RigoDaemon notifications frontend), enabling users to rapidly update their systems as soon as possible through the 1-Click update button (that is only offered when a certain set of requirements are met) in order to ensure a better protection against potential security flaws. Starting from Sabayon 14.01, any user in the "entropy" group, will be allowed to update the system without entering the administrative password. If you believe that your users should not do this, just consider removing the "passwordless-upgrade" package or the local users from the entropy group.
System upgrades are now protected against incomplete, broken or circular dependencies at the library linker level by the new "preserved libraries" Entropy feature, a concept borrowed from the Portage package mangler. Basically, this translates into increased reliability of upgrade paths, especially in scenarios where the system being upgraded was largely lagging behind. Libraries are preserved on the system as long as there are executables needing them. They are then garbage collected and removed as soon as this doesn't hold anymore. A side effect of this is that mixing Portage and Entropy has become safer.

LTSI Linux Kernels, 3.4, 3.10 now offered

We are now tracking the 3.4 and 3.10 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.

Python 3.3 offered side by side with Python 2.7

Python 3 is being slowly but steadily adopted by many open source projects. While we believe that Python 3.x still needs some more work, we are starting to prepare a migration plan that will be hopefully rolled out in 12-18 months.
If you want to experiment with Python 3.3.3, you may be happy to know that we are shipping with it!

GNOME 3.10.3, Cinnamon 2.0 (in repositories only), sheeeesh

GNOME 3.10 was long awaited by our users, but we had to make sure that openrc users had the time to catch up with us with regards to the compatibility problems and move to systemd, which is now a hard requirement. If you loved GNOME 3.8 (who did? sarcasm...), you may be more than happy to jump to the 3.10 bandwagon.
Together with the GNOME 3.10 bump, we kicked out Cinnamon 2.0, which has been available in our repositories before Linux Mint (ihihi hi there!) made a new ISO. Enjoy Cinnamon with a cup of hot chocolate (unless you live in Australia, in that case well, enjoy Summer).

Tracking the Portage tree has been a success

In 2011 we first started to design a tinderbox tool to track fresh ebuilds and have the resulting binary packages pushed to repositories automatically. After two years, we are happy to report that 90% of the bump work is carried out automatically by simple scripts (yeah we managed to replace people with simple scripts, not entirely bash based though). By defining bump rules and constraints, we are able to reliably offer the perfect mix between bleeding edge and stability. As someone said once: "if you do your job perfectly, the world doesn't know you exist", and this seems to be exactly the case. This is how we think continuous building and rolling release should be done. Testing is the secret sauce.

Erratas

  • NVIDIA Legacy GPU drivers are incorrectly configured, fix and workaround issued Bug 4529

Sabayon is So Pretty and Fast

I’ve been seriously slacking on the Sabayon stuff, but been hanging with the community on the Official Sabayon Facebook page and watched a thread on a background image erupt into a mountain.  It really is amazing at how a small change to a GUI send people running for their pitchforks and torches.  I’ve been guilty of this in the past myself and probably will be in the future too.  The GUI is very important to us and it’s drastic unchangeable changes really ticks a guy off.  Gnome and KDE both felt the feedback when they revamped their GUIs.  I abandoned Gnome cause of the gnome shell.  Some love the gnome-shell and brag it up and down.  Gnome maybe pays them to do it….

Anyway, I finally took some time tonight to test latest daily Sabayon Forensics to make sure all was well.  It’s probably been a month since I test a daily.  I pop in the freshly made live usb stick and boot it up.  I see some of the new artwork very briefly cause my computer booted up so damn fast.  I remember the good old days of enjoying a song while my computer booted.  What is going on here? I turn on my computer and it’s like booted instantly.  No music, a brief flash of artwork and I am at my desktop.  So I had to browse to the backgrounds directory to see the new artwork and change my desktop wallpaper to it since Sabayon Forensics has different wallpaper and ya know what?  I like it.  If ya don’t like it, the fix is so easy, it’s not permanent unlike gnome-shell.  So lets put the pitchforks and torches away and enjoy.  If I like it, it has to be good right?  At least it’s not blue, green or yellow.  Although, a SpongeBob SquarePants desktop would be pretty sweet.  Hey, I saw you do that facepalm!

Oh and by the way, if you miss the boot up song, No fear - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgiMpxb-lC4 even has the lyrics so you can sing along.  Regardless guys, I still <3 our community no matter what colors ya are in to ;-)

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Rolling out systemd

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We started to roll out systemd today.
But don’t panic! Your system will still boot with openrc and everything is expected to be working without troubles.
We are aiming to support both init systems, at least for some time (long time I believe) and having systemd replacing udev (note: systemd is a superset of udev) is a good way to make systemd users happy in Sabayon land. From my testing, the slowest part of the boot is now the genkernel initramfs, in particular the modules autoload code which, as you may expect, I’m going to try to improve.

Please note that we are not willing to accept systemd bugs yet, because we’re still fixing up service units and adding the missing ones, the live media scripts haven’t been migrated and the installer is not systemd aware. So, please be patient ;-)

Having said this, if you are brave enough to test systemd out, you’re lucky and in Sabayon, it’s just 2 commands away, thanks to eselect-sysvinit and eselect-settingsd. And since I expect those brave people to know how to use eselect, I won’t waste more time on them now.

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