Sabayon Revisited | LAS s31e07

Sabayon Revisited | LAS s31e07

We revisit Sabayon Linux, a Gentoo based rolling distribution. Find out the how this distribution has leapfrogged the competition, and where we feel it could use some extra work.

Plus highlights from Linus recent Q&A, Ubuntu One shuts down, XP’s death is near…


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Sabayon Linux Review


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Sabayon Linux or Sabayon (formerly RR4 Linux and RR64 Linux), is a Gentoo-based Linux distribution. Sabayon follows the “out of the box” philosophy, aiming to give the user a wide number of applications ready to use and a self-configured operating system.

Sabayon Linux features a rolling release cycle, its own software repository and a package management system called Entropy. Sabayon is available in both x86 and AMD64 distributions and there is support for ARMv7 in development for the BeagleBone.

  • The installer feels a bit dated.

  • Uses systemd not OpenRC

  • Does not assume a tone of big and corporate. Dialogs are clear, and honest. Even a little fun.

  • Install and Download Process feels dates, download is not user friendly.

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— NEWS —

Barking and Dagenham Council swaps XP desktops for Chromebooks

Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council has switched to Google Chromebooks to migrate from Windows XP, which Microsoft will no longer support after 8 April.

The council is working with Google enterprise partner, Ancoris, and its joint venture outsourcing provider, Elevate East London, to roll out 1,500 Chromebooks and 500 Chromeboxes.

Ubuntu One falls from the clouds

But as of June 1st, 2014, syncing will stop. On July 31st, 2014, all data will be wiped. Ubuntu One will be no more.

“As of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store,” Canonical CEO Jane Silber wrote. “The Ubuntu One file services will not be included in the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release, and the Ubuntu One apps in older versions of Ubuntu and in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores will be updated appropriately. The current services will be unavailable from 1 June 2014; user content will remain available for download until 31 July, at which time it will be deleted.”

“Additionally, the free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB–50GB free storage,” Silber wrote. “If we offer a service, we want it to compete on a global scale, and for Ubuntu One to continue to do that would require more investment than we are willing to make.”

The shutdown will not affect the Ubuntu One single sign on service, the Ubuntu One payment service, or the backend U1DB database service.

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