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Sabayon 9 KDE and GNOME preview

Sabayon 9 is the latest release of Sabayon, a multi-purpose Linux distribution derived from Gentoo Linux. Made available for download are 32- and 64-bit installation ISO images for KDE, GNOME 3 and Xfce desktop environments.

Sabayon is a rolling-release distribution, so existing users do not have to reinstall to get the latest core and applications of a Sabayon release. That is one of the best features of the distribution.

This article features a few scree shots from test installations of the KDE and GNOME 3 editions. A detailed review should be published by the end of the week. The first four screen shots are from the GNOME 3 edition.

This shows the activities view of the (GNOME 3) desktop. The GNOME 3 edition comes as a standard installation of GNOME 3, which means it comes in a format that many users do not like.
Sabayon 9 GNOME Activities

Searching for applications.
Sabayon 9 GNOME Search

You can tell from this that Firefox is not installed. Chromium is the installed Web browser.
Sabayon 9 GNOME Searching

Still searching.
Sabayon 9 GNOME Search Games

The default KDE desktop.
Sabayon 9 KDE Desktop

The same desktop as above, showing the date widget.
Sabayon 9 KDE Date Widget

The Kickoff menu is the default on Sabayon 9.
Sabayon 9 KDE Kickoff Menu

Rigo is the name of the new graphical package manager on Sabayon 9. It replaces Sulfur.
Sabayon 9 KDE Rigo

Rigo is fast and has a clean interface, but it is too “clean” for me. A package manager should at least have a listing of applications by category. That does not seem to be a feature of Rigo. More on what when the review is published. Want to see what the new Sabayon looks yourself? You may download an installation image from here.
Sabayon 9 KDE Rigo Apps

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11 Comments

  1. jo13 says:

    WOW!! by seeing this distro i wanna to move from ubuntu to sabayon/gentoo!!

    • @jo13, I moved from Ubuntu to Sabayon 10 – KDE. Their terminal is colorised and it really feels like a more polished system in certain areas compare to Ubuntu.

      With the KDE blend, it really is taking me a lot of customization to get a look and setup that works for me, I almost wonder if I should have gone with the Gnome 3 Shell blend over KDE and installed extensions.

      The Sabayon / Gentoo terminal package installer is great too, simply run commands like apt-get:

      # sudo equo install firefox

  2. mansynet says:

    so great Distru. that give you so stringth Gentoo Linux.

    I install Gnome 64bit and it was perfect and make Gentoo easy…

    I still looking for some programs to fit what I want (like Jdownloader)..

    thanks

  3. 67GTA says:

    You may have to add the “nomodeset” option to boot.

  4. dogbert0360 says:

    Nice pic’s. I downloaded the KDE version to check it out myself and couldn’t get it to boot beyond the boot screen.

    Anybody else experienced this?

    • finid says:

      I have the KDE edition running in a virtual environment (VirtualBox). So, no, I did not experience what you described.

      What’s hardware specs?

      • dogbert0360 says:

        PC Spec’s are as follow:

        Intel dual core 2.0 ghz
        Memory: 2 gig
        Video: Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS
        harddrive: 500 gig

        Just don’t understand why it won’t boot beyond the boot screen. I burned it at 4x speed so this shouldn’t have caused any problems. When I choose to launch Sabayon, all I got was a blank screen.

        • dogbert0360 says:

          ….not a good way to gain a new user’s confidence.

          • dogbert0360 says:

            (Update)…

            Did some research on the problem and found out that an option was missing in the kernel line of the grub live DVD which was “noapic”. I entered it and everything worked fine. I’ve installed it and loving every minute so far.

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