Latest Monthly Release: Sabayon 16.03
16.03 Press release

Sabayon Press release

Sabayon 16.03 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.

All the release variants can be found on the download section.

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


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


We brought back LibreOffice as default office suite on KDE, GNOME, MATE and Xfce flavours.

Kernel 4.4

We now ship the latest 4.4 Kernel!

Plasma 5

Plasma 5 sabayon logo

All major components of Plasma where updated:

  • KDE-frameworks 5.19
  • Plasma desktop (and all its components) 5.5.4


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. 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 also donating.

Future plans

Be prepared for SCR

We are preparing the infrastructure for the “Sabayon Community Repository”. SCR content is contributed and managed by the community, thus the Sabayon Development team can’t guarantee high QA level of the packages contained in there, but we are excited to give opportunity to create repositories to Trusted Users and Developers. From our side, we will just use part the infra to generate packages targeted to help and speed-up the Sabayon development, and so if you feel so brave to be more bleeding edge, you can enable them as well! SCR docs and development tools will be available soon, stay tuned!

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!

Release informations

Here will follow generic informations 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.


We offer official docker releases. You can find them in our official docker profile. They are updated daily with the latest and greatest stuff from Entropy repositories. 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 here you can find a guide on how to use the Docker builder image.

Vagrant images

We couldn’t ship just docker images of course. You can find a barebone Sabayon image in the VagrantCloud (now called Atlas). (Removed broken link) 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.

Download Links

Please find the official file names and hashes below.

Files - download directly

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Our Community

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Sabayon is user powered, created solely on freely given user contributions, so why not help out and give back to the community?

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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
We provide Live versions of most of our variants, so you can try out Sabayon without touching your Computer's Hard drive.