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Sabayon LinuxAbout Sabayon Linux

Sabayon Linux is a Gentoo based live DVD which can also be installed to a hard disk (using the Anaconda installer).  Its goal is to be 100% compatible with Gentoo.  Sabayon gets it’s name from an Italian dessert, “Sabayon is an Italian dessert made with egg yolks, sugar, a sweet  liqueur (usually Marsala wine), and sometimes cream or whole eggs. It is a very light custard, which has been whipped to incorporate a large amount of air.”

Highlights of the distribution include support for AIGLX (allowing accelerated indirect GLX rendering capabilities to and DRI drivers), XGL (X server architecture designed to take of modern graphics cards via their OpenGL drivers), Compiz (an OpenGL accelerated desktop), and GeeXbox (to turn your PC into a full media center).

There is also a miniEdition available for both 32 and 64 bit x86 machines, which is the CD release of the latest Sabayon Linux DVD.  This version has been created by using an automatic script which removes duplicated, server-oriented, or redundant packages.

Sabayon Linux 3.5 Beta2 Key Facts

Fabio Erculiani
Free to download
17 March 2008
Installation Media:
LiveCD, LiveDVD, BitTorrent
Architectures supported:
x86, x86-64
Package Management:
Official Website:

Kernel (extended wireless and laptop support, EeePC support, Ext4 filesystem, UnionFS, AUFS, LogFS, ATL2)
GNOME 2.20.1
KDE 3.5.9
XOrg 7.3
Xfce 4.4.2
OpenOffice 2.3.1
Evolution 2.12.2
Gimp 2.4.5
Python 2.5.1
Apache -
PostgreSQL -
GNU Compiler Collection 4.2.2


3.x (current release)
Raiden's Realm (3.4a), blogspot (3.4), (3.4), Stonie's Linux Sachen (3.4, German), Linuxoid (3.4, Russian), junauza (3.3b), Linux Tech Daily (3.3)TriedIT (3.3), KnoLinux (3.26)QuebecOS (3.26) (French), gnuman (3.25) (3.2) (3.2) (French), (3.1)Open Source eLearning (3.1) (Italian), wordpress (3.0)

gnuman (3.0 Mini-Edition)
GeekTime Linux, tuxmachines

Selected Websites

Other Official Websites
Sabayon Wiki
Planet Sabayon
Sabayon Forums, Sabayon Linux France

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Full Details

  • Entropy Binary Package Managing infrastructure (our pre-Release_Candidate binary package manager):
    - Sabayon Linux Online Repository Browser now at 6500 packages per architecture
    - Entropy Project Manifesto
    - Entropy interface has been completely rewritten in an Object Oriented way allowing any frontend to be interfaced easily
    - Improved Equo textual client reliability and speed [pre-RC release]
    - Introduced Spritz, our Official Entropy Graphical Package Manager [BETA release], featuring Italian, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Catalan, English localizations
    - Introduced the Official Entropy Updates Notification Applet [ALPHA release]
    - Added a Package Masking interface (/etc/entropy/packages/*)
    - Added a GLSA [Gentoo Linux Security Advisories] interface (accessible through "equo security": equo --help for more info)
    - Added a Package Licenses interface (any non-free license is required to be read and accepted)
    - Reduced repository database size by a good 90% keeping backward compatibility. Size dropped from 13,5 to 6,5Mb
    - Around 900 bug fixed and 120 improvements since the previous distributed release (available Sabayon Linux 3.5 Loop1) [800 commits]
  • Sabayon Linux Installer updates:
    - NOTE: a full packages selector will come in Sabayon Linux 3.5 Loop3
    - Entropy interface rewritten to work with 0.12.x branch
    - Removed pre-compiled isys module substituting it with our Python-only implementation (called freesys)
    - Graphical Installer can NOW be easily used on small displays (starting from 640x480)
    - Introduced the XFCE Install Method (Featuring XFCE 4.2.2 desktop)
    - Introduced the EeePC/UMPC Install Method allowing you to install Sabayon Linux on a 4GB drive!
    - Improved System Upgrades speed and reliability (tested 3.4F to 3.5 Loop2 and 3.5 Loop1 to 3.5 Loop2)
  • Linux Kernel featuring:
    - Extended wireless and laptop support
    - Switched from ipw3945 to iwlwifi driver supporting every new Intel PCI-X wireless card
    - Added ATL2 Network driver
    - EeePC support (experimental)
    - Ext4 filesystem support
    - UnionFS support
    - AUFS support
    - Highly Experimental LogFS support (2.6.24-744 patch -
  • X.Org 7.3 featuring
    - NVIDIA: 169.12, 96.43.05 and 71.86.04 - automatic selection - 3D desktop fully supported
    - AMD/ATI: 8.471.3 - 3D desktop fully supported
    - Keyboard detection is now completely dynamic - Evdev based, any change should be made inside your Desktop Environment. Eventually xorg.conf will be next to be deprecated!
  • Enhanced Desktop featuring:
    - Compiz 0.7.2
    - Compiz Fusion 0.7.2 supporting GNOME, KDE, a lot of plugins already included
    - Fusion Icon, to enable/disable 3D effects on the fly!
  • Gaming! Sauerbraten, Warsow, Dangerdeep, Nexuiz, Second Life! included as top-tier 3D games!
  • GeeXboX 1.1 to transform your PC into a full Media Center
  • K Desktop Environment 3.5.9 featuring KDE 4.0.2 games
  • Full KDE 4.0.2 available in our Entropy repository!
  • GNOME 2.20.1
  • XFCE 4.2.2
  • OpenOffice 2.3.1
  • Elisa Media Center 0.3.4 (fully working!)
  • SSH keys are now always randomly generated (fixing possible MITM attacks)
  • A lot of updated applications and bug fixes (all the ones reported have been solved)

Last Updated Friday, March 21 2008 @ 07:07 AM EST

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