Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sabayon Linux 5.1

Even though I'm a Gentoo user for quite some years on my desktop pc, I recently got a laptop that isn't quite so powerful to be used for compiling big packages. It will take hours (even days) to get a working system with kde running. So I decided to try some distributions with binary packages which can be installed quite fast and have a system ready to use in less than an hour.

At first I tried Kubuntu as it is so popular and I must say that I was quite satisfied with the way it worked. It detected all devices without having to deal with configuration files and everything seemed fine until I tried to change some of the default settings. Where are all my configuration files? Unfortunately there are some differences between distributions so I had a hard time finding out where to do what and also I had to deal with both Gentoo and Kubuntu bugs...

So I thought: "It would be cool to have the power of Gentoo and the convenience of using binary packages...". And you know what? There is such distribution! And it's called Sabayon Linux. The installation was a breeze with the GUI installer and I must say that I am really impressed with the way everything work so far. It's actually a Gentoo system with prebuild binaries and a new package manager that can be used in parallel with portage!

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