Sabayon 9 Review
Sabayon 9 has just been released not too long ago and features many upgrades since the previous version. It is available in three desktop verisons, Gnome 3.2.3, XFCE 4.10 and KDE 4.8.3.. This review will be taking a look at the Gnome desktop edition of Sabayon Linux 9.
Sabayon is based on Gentoo Hardened edition which is focused on keeping security tight and keeping your PC secure from any possible holes found in the distribution and it’s available in both 32 and 64 bit versions.
Installation of Sabayon was pretty much straight forward. There was no difficult questions to answer and times will vary on system configuration but with my setup it was pretty good.
Once installation was completed, the Gnome desktop we are greeted with is simple and sleek with the standard menu on top and our system task bar on the right. Hitting Activities opens up the main menu where you can either switch between application windows and workspaces or you can hit Applications and from there launch the application you want.
In Sabayon 9 we are introduced with a new application installer named Rigo, which replaced the older Sulfur application installer. Rigo has a search engine feel to it and allows you to install applications by either with a partial name or full name of the app and with a few clicks it will be downloaded and installed for you.
Sabayon comes with a huge selections of applications here is a rundown of some of them: Chromium is our default browser, Evolution as our default mail client, LibreOffice 3.5.3 is our office suite, Empathy is our IM client, for music playing there is Exaile and for movies Totem Movie Player is installed.
Sabayon has done a great job with their latest distribution and found they had integrated Gnome very nicely. It is quite an elegant desktop with not too much effects going on by default, that said, Sabayon users took a distribution in Gentoo which is for advanced users and turned it into their own distro which an intermediate Linux user could use.
Rigo application browser needs a bit more polishing in my opinion as I found it a little bit buggy upon the first use, but I believe it will be much improved in future iterations of the program.
LibreOffice does not work in Sabayon by default due to a bug which causes it to lock up all the time. There is currently a workaround for this by typing the following in the command prompt:
sudo equo remove languagetool && sudo equo install dev-java/icedtea:6 languagetool && sudo eselect java-vm set system icedtea-6 && sudo reboot
Sabayon has done a great job since version 8 and ignoring the bug above it is a great distro.
Homepage: Sabayon Linux
Screenshots: Sabayon 9 Gnome