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Sabayon 8.0 review - The love is gone

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Once upon a time, Sabayon impressed me as a cute, furry mutation of Gentoo, a distribution forged in virgin's blood and C code. It was big, even massive, and dared fight byte for byte with the likes of Vista. While most distributions were proud to claim their minimalistic share of GB for the installation, Sabayon shouted gimme more. It was nice. Lots of fun stuff, games, a media center, whatnot. Then it went downhill.

Between versions oh-four and oh-five, some of the fun was gone, traded for maturity that did not suit it well. In fact, I let Sabayon rest for a while before picking it up again for today's review. Now I'm aware of its Gentoo legacy, so credits are due when they are due, but that does not make the need for a suitable, friendly desktop environment any less. Therefore, me asking, can Sabayon deliver?

Live session

Sabayon has a somewhat complicated boot sequence. You can even choose to listen to music while the system churns memory pages and readies the desktop. After much anticipation, you reach a dark-colored KDE desktop.

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