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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.


  • NVIDIA Legacy GPU drivers are incorrectly configured, fix and workaround issued Bug 4529
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Press Release: Sabayon 13.08

Sabayon 13.08 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 3.10.4 with BFQ iosched, updated external ZFS filesystem support, GNOME 3.8.4, KDE 4.10.5, MATE 1.6.2, Xfce 4.10, LibreOffice 4.1, UEFI SecureBoot for 64 bit images (with bundled UEFI shell), systemd as default init system, Plymouth as default splash system and new high-dpi artwork are just some of the things you will find inside the box. Please read on to know where to find the images and their torrent files on our mirrors.

systemd as default init system

We are happy to announce that the systemd migration is now complete and systemd became our default init system. However, openrc is still actively supported and working but we suggest you to try it out by using the latest Sabayon images available. In particular, GNOME 3.8 is the last release that we're planning to support with openrc. If you don't know anything about systemd vs openrc, keep calm and visit our forum. A way to switch from openrc to systemd or vice versa is using the eselect init command line tool.

GNOME 3.8, at last

Many people know that GNOME 3.8 was held back due to its hard dependency against systemd and Sabayon was still running with openrc as default init system. However, this has changed. Now that systemd became our default init system, and the current GNOME 3.8 works with openrc (thanks to the systemd-love Portage overlay), we were able to deliver the latest and greatest stuff to you.

Ready for KDE 4.11

KDE 4.11 is just a couple of weeks away but we've already done the preparatory work to host this new stable release. If you can't wait, just keep your eyes at the official release schedule.

Faster kernel rollout

The reworked Sabayon Linux kernel release process made possible to follow the weekly stable release schedule madness and newer kernels enter the sabayon-limbo (unstable) repository with no more than 36 hours delay average. This is a great thing for users that can benefit from usptream bug fixes (and regressions...) without too much delay. Long Term Stable kernels like 3.4 (and in future 3.10) will continue to be updated as well.

UEFI fixes

UEFI support in 32bit flavors of Sabayon has been dropped as per Matthew Garrett advice and an important Installer bug related to the UEFI Boot Partition filesystem type has been fixed (commit 292781b37763b28dbd583eec93bd3349b61b43fd).

There is more!

There is a lot more, but we're lazy and this is a monthly rolling release announcement, which means that we're in hurry again! But please, just download the ISO image you like and see the improvements yourself.

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 - 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


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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What’s cookin’ on the BBQ

While Spring has yet to come here, the rainy days are giving me some time to think about the future of Sabayon and summarize what’s been done during the last months.


As far as I can see, donations are going surprisingly well. The foundation has now enough money (see the campaign at to guarantee 24/7 operations, new hardware purchase and travel expenses for several months. Of course, the more the better (paranoia mode on) but I cannot really complain, given that’s our sole source of funds. Here is a list of stuff we’ve been able to buy during the last year (including prices, we’re in the EU, prices in the US are much lower, sigh):

  • one Odroid X2 (for Sabayon on ARM experiments) – 131€
  • one PandaBoard ES (for Sabayon on ARM experiments) – 160€
  • two 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDDs (one for Joost’s experiments, one for the Entropy tinderbox) – 185€
  • two 480GB Vertex3 OCZ SSDs for the Entropy tinderbox (running together with the Samsung 830 SSDs in a LVM setup) – 900€
  • one Asus PIKE 2008 SAS controller for the Entropy tinderbox – 300€
  • other 16GB of DDR3 for the Entropy tinderbox (now running with 64G) – 128€
  • @ maintenance (33€/mo for 1 year) – 396€
  • my personal FOSDEM 2013 travel expenses – 155€

Plus, travel expenses to data centers whenever there is a problem that cannot be fixed remotely. That’s more or less from 40€ to 60€ each depending on the physical distance.
As you may understand, this is just a part of the “costs”, because the time donated by individual developers is not accounted there, and I believe that it’s much more important than a piece of silicon.

monthly releases, entropy

Besides the money part, I spent the past months on Sabayon 11 (of course), on advancing with the automation agenda for 2013. Ideally, I would like to have stable releases automatically produced and tested monthly, and eventually pushed to mirrors. This required me to migrate to a different bittorrent tracker, one that scrapes a directory containing .torrents and publishes them automatically: you can see the outcome at Furthermore, a first, yet not advertised, set of monthly ISO images is available on our mirrors into the iso/monthly/ sub-directory. You can read more about them here. This may (eheh) indicate that the next Sabayon release will be versioned something like 13.05, who knows…
On the Entropy camp, nothing much has changed, besides the usual set of bug fixe, little improvements and the migration to an .ini-like repositories configuration files syntax for both Entropy Server and Client modules, see here. You may start realizing that all the good things I do are communicated through the devel mailing list.

leh systemd

I spent a week working on a Sabayon systemd system to see how it works and performs compared to openrc. Long story short, I am about to arrange some ideas on making the systemd migration come true at some point in the (near) future. Joost and I are experimenting with a private Entropy repository (thus chroot) that’s been migrated to systemd, from openrc. While I don’t want to start yet another flamewar about openrc vs systemd, I do believe in science, facts and benchmarks. Even though I don’t really like the vertical architecture of systemd, I am starting to appreciate its features and most importantly, its performance. The first thing I would like to sort out is to be able to switch between systemd and openrc at runtime, this may involve the creation of an eselect module (trivial) and patching some ebuilds. I think that’s the best thing to do, if we really want to design and deploy a migration path for current openrc users (I would like to remind people that Gentoo is about choice, after all). If you’re a Gentoo developer that hasn’t been bugged by me yet, feel free to drop a line to lxnay@g.o (expand the domain, duh!) if you’re interested.

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