Adventures with Sabayon Linux

12:59 PM

Despite having issues using Sabayon Linux on a USB stick with persistent storage (unable to install packages), I was so impressed by its speed that I decided to go ahead and install it. Surprisingly I have found that most of the software I use is already included, including Gnome Tweak Tool. So far I have just had to make a few adjustments:


  • Banshee for my music player

  • SMPlayer for my movie player

  • Gnome Shell extensions

  • Parcellite clipboard manager since the GPaste extension is not readily available (more on this later)

  • Htop process manager

  • BleachBit system cleaner

  • Alacarte main menu editor

  • Kino video editor

  • Avidemux video editor

  • DeVeDe DVD movie creation software

  • Audacity audio editing software

  • Linux Multi-Media Studio

  • Bogofilter for spam

  • GNUCash for finances

  • Virtualbox for running Windows XP

  • Unetbootin for storing Linux distribution Live CDs on a USB drive

  • RKHunter and Chkrootkit for checking for rootkits


That's all I can think of. I have a few problems going on right now in Sabayon. First and foremost the GPaste Gnome Shell extension is in ebuild format and I can't figure out how to install it (yes, I read the man pages, but I get errors every time I try something with it). The forums have proven to be useless so far, as has the IRC channel. I don't know if I'm being a "dumb noob" or if it's just too complicated for anyone to walk me through it. My second issue in Sabayon has been uninstalling software. The graphical package manager seems to only be able to install software, not uninstall it. Of course I went to the man page for Portage and was not able to find any options for uninstalling software besides one command that warns it may uninstall necessary dependencies also without any warning. Portage and Ebuild just may turn out to be the reasons I go back to Fedora. Never to fear at this point though. I have what I need and that's enough for me for now. There is a certain kind of relief that goes with installing a rolling release distribution. Ahhh, I never have to do that again if I don't want to.  I've been blissfully set free from the bugs in Fedora 16 also. Except for one that still plagues me, and it has to do with Gnome. When using any theme other than the default Adawaita theme, searching in the Activities menu freezes Gnome Shell. I have to drop down in to another terminal and kill the process for it to be up and running again. Quiteannoying and I hope something is done about it soon, because Adawaita just takes up too much screen real estate for me to use it. I also seem to be missing the Bogofilter plugin for Evolution. Bogofilter is installed but its plugin is nowhere to be seen. Still, despite the problems, I am finding myself quite liking Sabayon. It may stay on my machine for a while to come.

 

xjonquilx | Sabayon, Ubuntu, Fedora, Oh My!


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11 comments

  1. I had whole mixture of feelings about Sabayon.
    My first try was with XFCE version.
    http://linuxblog.darkduck.com/2011/06/how-to-do-simple-things-sabayon-way.html
    and then
    http://linuxblog.darkduck.com/2011/06/sabayon-xfce-story-continues.html
    It was not very nice. But then... XFCE was not fully supported that time.
    Story was very different in KDE...
    http://linuxblog.darkduck.com/2011/07/bravo-sabayon.html
    Maybe you should try KDE version now too?

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  2. For pulling something in the from the portage tree, if that's what you meant by ebuilds, it should be as simple as this:

    first do 'emerge --sync' as root, without the single quotes.

    then 'emerge packagename' as root, and again without the single quotes.

    Keep your stick on the ice...

    Landor

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  3. I will try the KDE version but if I do it will be via USB. Sabayon isn't very USB friendly in the Gnome version and I don't expect it to be any different in KDE. Why won't I just install the KDE version? I might but that will be further on down the road... I'm not exactly jumping to get KDE on my desktop. Don't get me wrong, it hasn't done anything to tick me off, I just don't care for it much any more since 4 rolled out.

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  4. [...] Adventures with Sabayon Linux Despite having issues using Sabayon Linux on a USB stick with persistent storage (unable to install packages), I was so impressed by its speed that I decided to go ahead and install it. Surprisingly I have found that most of the software I use is already included, including Gnome Tweak Tool. So far I have just had to make a few adjustments: [...]

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  5. emerge -C packagename (without version numbers) is how you delete something. If you are unsure, add -va (verbose and ask) options. Maybe the original gentoo handbook gives you more hints then the Sabayon stuff.

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  6. I figured out deleting stuff with Entropy and Equo. You're right about the Gentoo handbook - I've bookmarked quite a few pages on that site. It is expansive - it's great! :)

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