Sabayon is a Linux distribution.

We aim to deliver the best "out of the box" user experience by providing the latest open source technologies in an elegant format.

In Sabayon everything should just work. We offer a bleeding edge operating system that is both stable and reliable.

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There are many different Sabayon variants. Each one is designed for a specific purpose and designed to bring out the best in your hardware

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Latest Monthly Release: Sabayon 16.02

Sabayon 16.02 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 available on 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.

Changes

This is a major release: contains bugfixes and enhancements to the Sabayon distribution.

GNOME 3.18

We now ship with latest and greatest GNOME 3!

Plasma 5

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All major components of Plasma where updated:
kde-frameworks 5.18
Plasma desktop (and all it’s components) 5.5.3

ARM

We released the tech preview for RaspberryPi2, and you can download it here, meanwhile the tree is getting in shape and we are setting up the infra to build images also for other devices, for more informations, read here. Udoo and Odroid are the next in the queue.

We actually rented an ARM server for that purpose since we are going to fully support the ARM hfp architecture in that way you can use Sabayon on your favorite boards!
If you want help us, please take in consideration to make a donation.

Future plans

Stay tuned! 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!

Release information

Here will follow generic information about the available releases, along with the current state of Sabayon.

Available releases

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.

Docker

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.

Vagrant images

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 and 4.1 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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Sabayon 15.10 press release

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Image: an ancient hen-foot print found on Mars (Mars Photo credit to NASA)

Sabayon 15.10 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 Change log files related to this release are available on our mirrors.
The list of packages included in each Sabayon flavor is available inside*.pkglist files. Our team is always busy packaging the latest and greatest stuff. If you want to have a look at what’s inside our repositories, just go to our packages website.
Please read on to know where to find the images and their torrent files on our mirrors.

Long life to new and shiny Calamares!

As already pre-announced we switched the default installer. Anaconda served us well, but we decided to embrace the community-baked Calamares, the Distribution-independent installer! If you don’t know it, checkout their website. Also if it is young and some features are missing, it is lighter and bug-less wrt our old installer.

Plasma 5

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KDE releases now ships by default the new Plasma 5. Yes, you heard it well!

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Steam Big Picture and MCE mode gone ( for now )

Since we had to put much effort in making a working release with Calamares and along with other new packages, we had to ditch Steam Big Picture mode and Media Center installation options. Yeah, we are sorry about that: but this is just a sad story that we hope to fix soon.

Docker

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.

Future plans

You know that our habits are a bit evil-ish. We have a lot of stuff in the pipeline, just to spoiler a bit: you soon again should see a Sabayon Server Edition and hopefully also an ARM release.

Available releases

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.

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, 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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Sabayon Linux development in 2015

In case you didn’t notice, last months some major changes have been made to the Sabayon Linux project. Most are pure technical changes in the project management that the end users will never notice. Here is a short log.

Docker based images

These are forked directly from a Gentoo stage3 docker image. The result is a very clean chroot that is even closer to Gentoo. Our docker pulls in the stage3, adds Sabayon overlay, installs Entropy to a point where it can run. Then it checks the Portage database to list what packages are installed and replaces them with the packages from Entropy. (Ain’t that cool?). Now we can keep our minimal chroot current and easy make changes whenever we want. The docker base image is then being “squashed” so we can feed it as an image to our Molecule™ script that will build our iso images for us.

With this move we also made the creation of spins more accessible to developers! Go fork us!

MATE spin

The MATE spin will be brought back as an “official” spin.

Artwork

The Sabayon artwork is now completely modular. Whoever wants to create his own spin (or distro based on Entropy) can now simply fork these artwork ebuilds and package them in their own Entropy™ repository.

Installer

We replaced Anaconda installer with Calamares. Many users complained about buggy Anaconda and the Calamares project was designed for distro’s like Sabayon Linux. At the moment Calamares still lacks some features, like disk-encryption, but we expect them to be implemented sooner or later. Obviously Calamares is fully theme-able and all the artwork is in a separate artwork package. The installer configuration is shipped with the app-misc/calamares-sabayon-base-modules package.

https://calamares.io/

Plasma desktop 5

Not officially supported yet but you can now add a community repository and install it.

New developers

Ettore Di Giacinto and Francesco Ferro joined the Sabayon Linux development team.

ARM

We are planning to bring back ARM support.

So as you can see we’ve been busy little bees getting all this done.

You can find us here:

https://www.sabayon.org/

https://github.com/Sabayon

https://hub.docker.com/r/sabayon/

https://plus.google.com/communities/111215969224831918857

https://www.facebook.com/groups/36125411841/

You can fund us here:

https://pledgie.com/campaigns/19051

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New version

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New version of Sabayon is out! Install it or do equo update, or something. Or not.

Sabayon 15.06 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.

In this release we focused also our attention on a big restyle. Yes you heard it well.

Psst! You can’t be serious

We are. We changed a lot of thing under the hood, and with this release we wanted to show them up also on the surface.

All the flavors received the deserved love.

We moved to 4.0 kernel, gcc 4.9.2, systemd 216, x265 support, primus for high performance graphics on optimus card, prepared Entropy for Plasma 5, libav 11.3, Kodi (the new name of XBMC) : the complete ChangeLog files related to this release are available on our mirrors. We have some very exciting improvements in the pipeline.

The list of packages included in each Sabayon flavor is available inside “*.pkglist” files. If you want to have a look at what’s inside our repositories, just go to our packages website.

Please read on to know where to find the images and their torrent files 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 only 64bit releases.

Anyway 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/i3 or 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, simple to use Applications Manager (a.k.a. Rigo) – or command line tool called equo. 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 through the proprietary driver. 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.

LTS 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 will 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.

Download Links

Please find the official file names and hashes below.

Files

Name

Sabayon GNOME (64 bit)

Download

http://dl.sabayon.org/iso/monthly/Sabayon_Linux_15.06_amd64_GNOME.iso

Name

Sabayon KDE (64 bit)

Download

http://dl.sabayon.org/iso/monthly/Sabayon_Linux_15.06_amd64_KDE.iso

Name

Sabayon Xfce (64 bit)

Download

http://dl.sabayon.org/iso/monthly/Sabayon_Linux_15.06_amd64_Xfce.iso

Name

Sabayon Minimal (64 bit)

Download

http://dl.sabayon.org/iso/monthly/Sabayon_Linux_15.06_amd64_Minimal.iso

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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

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