Press Release: Sabayon 13.04

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Sabayon 13.04 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 3.8.8 (3.8.10 available through updates, 3.9 available in hours) with BFQ iosched and ZFS, GNOME 3.6.3, KDE 4.10.2, MATE 1.6 (thanks to infirit), Xfce 4.10, LibreOffice 4.0, production ready UEFI (and SecureBoot) support and experimental systemd support (including openrc boot speed improvements) 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. Pay attention that there were unreleased 13.04 ISO images previously on our mirrors. Make sure to download images with the correct MD5 checksum though (or just re-download the ISO images).

systemd is coming

Sabayon 13.04 is the first release coming with systemd optionally available for early testers. systemd is going to replace openrc as the default init system in the following months, this however doesn't mean that OpenRC will be abandoned. We do believe however that it's time to move on, and leave the 90s and VHS once and for all. Systemd gives Sabayon a 4x (or even more) boot speed boost if compared to OpenRC: you can now enjoy a 10 seconds boot on Sabayon as well. Please take into consideration that as of today, systemd support in Sabayon is still experimental and we don't have plymouth yet (so you get a nice static splash screen). Booting with systemd is easy: if you're on an UEFI system, just go into the Advanced options menu and select Enable systemd, while if you're still using a BIOS from the 80s, just press F5 and select real_init=/bin/systemd. If you boot the live image with systemd and start the installation, you will get systemd enabled by default. If you want to migrate your current Sabayon 13.04+ installation to systemd, just type: eselect sysvinit set systemd and eselect settingsd set systemd and reboot. If the system won't boot, just add this to the boot parameters: real_init=/sbin/init.d/sysvinit/init.

If you are interested in writing or porting systemd units and you have some experience with Portage, have a look at the systemd-love overay on GitHub. For each fully working, previously missing, systemd unit submitted to our Bugzilla we're willing to give you a 3.5€ bounty through PayPal. There are around 490 packages in Gentoo still missing systemd love.

Scaling out with the development, GitHub migration

We have successfully migrated all our development repositories to GitHub. You can have a look at our stuff at the Sabayon org page. If you wonder how to start contributing to Sabayon now it's clear: send pull requests. If you wonder how to be part of our project: send pull requests.
If you however don't know how to code: donate us money! we always need funds!.

Production ready UEFI support, including SecureBoot

While Sabayon 11 introduced an experimental support to UEFI and UEFI SecureBoot, with Sabayon 13.04 we're happy to consider such support production ready. We have been able to squash all the reported bugs during this cycle.

Little big thing about /tmp

/tmp is now mounted on a very small tmpfs with nodev,noexec,nosuid options by default for greater security. Some exotic programs that insist on writing to /tmp may fail to run and they should be fixed upstream. Writing to /tmp is bad, and you should not use any software that behaves like this.

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 13.04 amd64 ServerBase
Sabayon 13.04 amd64 HardenedServer
Sabayon 13.04 x86 HardenedServer