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A Quick Look at Sabayon 6

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Today, it's not difficult to find a 'great' distro, one that makes it easy to get up and running with a fully functional and robust desktop, fast. Even just five years ago, though, finding a 'do it all' distro was a little more difficult, and it was for that reason that I found myself loving Sabayon Linux (pronounced Sah-by-yon (silent 'n')). Despite being built on an intermediate distro, Gentoo, it made things easy on the layman user - and I know this to be true as I've had many Linux novice friends use it and enjoy it.

As it's been a ridiculous number of years since I've last looked at the distro, I've anticipated the release of 6 quite a bit over the past couple of months. As soon as it became available, I downloaded the x64 KDE edition and got to installing. Similarly, Jamie, our kick-ass peripheral and game guy, also decided to take it for a spin

Let's tackle the basics. Project lead Fabio Erculiani has deemed GNOME 3 not quite ready for prime-time, so that's been left out until the next major release (which could be 6.5, or simply 7). Instead, GNOME 2 has been upgraded to its absolute latest version, 2.32.2, while KDE has also experienced an upgrade, to 4.6.4. Other major software packages include GRUB 1.99, LibreOffice 3.3, GCC 4.5.2, Python 2.7, Xorg 1.10, a switch to IcedTea6 for Java use, a switch to Chromium in lieu of Firefox for the default browser and Entropy 1.0_rc10, Sabayon's package manager.

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Sabayon 6

Every time I hear the name of this distro I think of a space station full of ferengi. Good distro though!

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