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June 16, 2012

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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.

Conclusion

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.

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Homepage: Sabayon Linux

Screenshots: Sabayon 9 Gnome

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  1. suo.eno
    Jun 17 2012

    What’s the base sys used for the review? I’m holding out to upgrade for something like this; http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/15/samsung-refreshes-series-5-laptops-with-amd-trinity-processors/ but admittedly I’m torn between that and/or Ivy Bridge based ones.

    Can Sabayon run out of the box on supplied AMD drivers? I’m not used to Gentoo based stuff and Debian/Ubuntu/Mint works better w/ Intel+nVIDIA combos more than half the time.

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  2. Mike L
    Jun 17 2012

    The review is done in a virtual environment with their accelerated video driver.

    In Rigo you can search for radeon or ATI drivers and the graphics is supported from r600 and up (HD2000) but cannot test them.

    Hardware-wise the Intel Ivy Bridge is a better bet for performance and battery life over the newer A10 APU from AMD.

    There isn’t too much info out there about APU support. Maybe someone with AMD graphics or an APU based user can answer these questions.

    This is what I found for AMD drivers from Gentoo’s website: http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/xorg-config.xml

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  3. AJSlye
    Jun 19 2012

    If your card requires the proprietary drivers they will be loaded by default otherwise the opensource drivers are used..

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  4. suo.eno
    Jun 20 2012

    @MikeL and AJSlye

    ~Sorry for late reply and thank you both for the replies. Readying to save a Sabayon dl (picked XFCE) aside this week as I’ve acquired 2 clients’ laptops this week so I hope to be able to run a full daily drive to see how it goes. . One is AMD Fusion E450 based Brazos iinmand the other an Ultrabook. @MikeL yeah that’s precisely the prob with AMD + Linux distros’ atm.unfortunately.

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  5. 67GTA
    Jun 28 2012

    The ATI drivers are not yet compatible with kernel 3.4, which is default in most new distros. Hopefully the next ATI driver version will fix this.

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