10 Reasons Why I Love Sabayon Linux

7:33 AM

I've been with Sabayon Linux for over a week now and it has already made it to my top Linux distribution list. Its speed and convenience is unparalleled by most of the mainstream Linux distributions. And besides Gentoo I have never seen a Linux distribution with such a large and complete collection of software in its repositories. But enough of my ranting and raving; let's get on to the reasons why I love this Linux distribution more than the rest:


  1. You can copy it over directly to a USB drive, no unetbootin required (dd if=sabayon.iso of=/dev/sdb).

  2. It's rolling release, so only one installation is required for packages to stay up to date.

  3. It's bleeding edge, with a 4 month release cycle (which makes it even more bleeding edge than Fedora or Ubuntu).

  4. It comes with a lot of the software I use by default (Google Chromium, Gnome Tweak Tool, Gimp, LibreOffice, Flash, multimedia codecs, etc.).

  5. It's incredibly stable for a bleeding edge distribution. Gnome Shell has not frozen on me once, and has only restarted once.

  6. It comes with any major desktop environment you want.

  7. It has TONS of software in its repositories.

  8. It takes the best from Yum, Apt, and Portage and combines them in to one super smart package management system.

  9. It's faster than most mainstream distributions (Ubuntu, Fedora, SUSE, etc.)

  10. Small, friendly, helpful forums that don't treat new users like they're idiots.


So there you have it. My ten reasons why I prefer Sabayon Linux to all the other distributions. I hope you learned something new about this small distribution and maybe even decide to give it a trial run.

xjonquilx | Sabayon, Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux, Oh My!



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21 comments

  1. I'm also considering trying Sabayon or ArchLinux, but I'm not sure what to start with. Have you tried Arch? Any thoughts about Sabayon vs Arch?

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  2. I wish I could do a comparison but Arch wouldn't install on my machine. I will say Sabayon is a lot easier to install but Arch gives you more installation options. However, with the many versions of Sabayon available, you have a lot of installation options there too. I guess it just comes down to whether you want a graphical or a text based install and what desktop environment you'd like to use.

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  3. Last weekend I spent the whole tests Sabayon 7 and I have to write that I was intrigued. Fast, stable, Gnome 3.2, Chromium, simple to use, intuitive. Even on my T400 was faster than a lot of quick Fedora 15. For me it is one of the major candidates on the main distro.

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  4. Archlinux has not only the generic i686/x64 kernel, but also optimized ck-kernels for p4/core2/i7/sandybridge/atom/k7/k8/k10/...

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  5. Has to improve to the low machines!!!!. I have a athlon processor 2gb ram nvidia 128mb and 80 gb hard drive and the version graphics don't start.

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  6. You really should try both. They have very different philosophies.

    Sabyon is designed to be a binary distribution of Gentoo. So you don't have to compile everything from scratch. Gentoo is about getting speed by building from scratch and only installing what you need.

    Arch is designed to be a binary distribution. However it's goal is simplicity. That is simplicity of configuration from the command line. Again you get speed here from starting with almost nothing and only installing what you need.

    If you want to try Arch, you could follow a guide like this one http://willensky.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-setup-arch-linux.html or you could just try ArchBang.

    ArchBang is to Arch as Sabayon is to Gentoo. Either way both distros are very nice to use.

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  7. Does Arch support Gnome 3.2 yet?

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  8. Arch does have Gnome 3.2 in its repo - but I have warn it is only for experienced users. A more better alternative is to try ArchBang - a light, easier alternative to arch, but as powerful.

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  9. Arch won't install on my test machine so I'll give ArchBang a try.

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  10. I'd give sabayon a try. But I remember you saying that when you first loaded it you spent a lot of time googling for answers. That kinda sounds like Bodhi which still errors insistently . I gave up on Bodhi and switched to Xubuntu. I don't want to spend hours trying to make another distro work.

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  11. Yeah but that was because I was trying to install an ebuild. That's really advanced stuff. Sabayon has a package manager called Entropy that installs most software. Unfortunately for me what I wanted to install was only available as an ebuild, a bad one at that. I should add that the Sabayon Wiki is really useful and tells you most of everything you need to know about the system.

    Xubuntu is another really great operating system.

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  12. Does Sabayon still have portage installed by default? The last time I used it they shipped with TWO package managers on the default system that then caused conflicts when used interchangeably.

    Also, speed is subjective based on the desktop and what software you use really ;)

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  13. It ships with both Equo and Portage, but use of Portage is discouraged as anything but a last resort for advanced users for that very reason.

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  14. BTW, I use the same hardware and desktop environment that I used with Fedora 16. Same software too. ;)

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  15. It’s faster than most mainstream distributions (Ubuntu, Fedora, SUSE, etc.)
    Has been shown not to be true.
    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu_sabayon_7&num=2

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  16. You need to specify the driver at boot time. Look for help inF1-Fx on boot screen. But if you're trying KDE prepare to be disappointed. Current KDE doesn't like old nvidia cards.

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  17. Sabayon? No thanks. I guarantee it will break eventually.

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  18. No way to find out but to try it.

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