Sabayon 8 XFCE Review
Sabayon 8 XFCE is a Gentoo based distribution that comes with XFCE desktop version 4.8 and makes Gentoo a whole lot easier. Gentoo Linux is a more advanced based distribution that has been around a long time which is focused more on advanced users with compiling your own packages (programs) in order to run.
Sabayon, takes a different approach and takes the hard part out of Gentoo and makes it easy with the latest version in Sabayon 8.Sabayon comes as an installable LiveDVD and is available in 32 bit and 64 bit flavours. Installation did not take that long and was not complicated. The configuration was pretty easy and had you setup your keyboard, select your timezone and so forth.
Once installed, you’re greeted with a fairly simple and clean desktop with a few select icons. Entropy Store is the place to go for installing additional applications you might want with Sabayon. It is plain simple to do, just type in the program you want, say, Opera, check the box off next to it and click Install and then choose Commit. From there it will download and install the package for you and will find it in your XFCE menu bar.
The package selection is pretty good with what it comes with by default. There is no email client installed by default, but nowadays, it isn’t really frowned upon as either your ISP has a web based version or more people use a free account. Midori is your web browser, some might not have heard of it, but it is based on Webkit and thus adheres to most standards out on the Internet. It is quite fast but for those who like Firefox and their favorite addon to go with it, just simply go to the Entropy Store and install it.
Thunar file manager is pretty responsive in itself and Sabayon has done a great job with the look of the file manager. I like the fact that you can easily go to a terminal screen with right clicking on a folder and choosing Open Terminal Window and it will open it with that directory path.
As far as keeping your system up-to-date, there is a notification icon on the top of your screen that will alert you when there is an update. Keeping the system updated is quite simple and you can choose which updates you want to apply to your system.
As far as stability goes, I did not have any major issues in regards to programs crashing nor the system locking up. Responsiveness of the system will ultimately depend on the hardware you are using but nonetheless, I found opening programs and working in Sabayon quite speedy.
Sabayon can compete with the easy to use distributions out there like Linux Mint and Ubuntu but for those who want to get down and dirty with Sabayon, they know they can do so as it is Gentoo based and compile programs themselves.
Gentoo has been around a long time and to take a distribution that as previously stated geared towards the advanced user and make it simple for a novice deserves props. They also have a great community on their website for those who need assistance in fixing an issue.
The developers have done an excellent job with this distribution and it shows and would recommend this one for those who don’t really like Ubuntu and maybe want to expand their Linux skills in the future with compiling programs and much more.
Screenshots: Sabayon 8 XFCE