Sabayon Linux 4 LiteMCE

Posted: February 20, 2009 in Generally Speaking..

Ha, okay I unintentionally lied about which distro I was reviewing next.  I have temporarily mislaid the Linux Mint Fluxbox in all the confusion of transferring to the new computer and rearranging furniture and whatnot.

One of the distros I was downloading in an attempt to use a wireless connection with for a friend’s computer is Sabayon Linux.  Sorry for the misunderstanding and here is my review.

Today I am reviewing Sabayon Linux 4, the Lite version.  I booted it up and noticed that while it did take some time to fully load, there was a very nice splash screen that stayed throughout so it wasn’t all that bad.  It certainly didn’t take as long to boot as Fedora.  Once it got fully loaded, what I noticed first was wow, this is a crazy beautiful distro.  Classy and dark, the red and black gradient theme is hot!  (Reminded me of Tony Stewart’s new colors lol)  This particular version came with KDE desktop installed, which of course is Windows-like in appearance and has several options for more eye-candy within its Desktop Settings option. 

What stood out were the icons on the desktop for Portato, KDE Help and Update Installer, all right there waiting to be clicked.  What in the world is Portato?  Turns out it’s a front end GUI for Portage, a software package manager.  It seemed complex for about 3 seconds and then after that, it was an “oh, okay, got it” moment. 

The usual KDE packages were there and what I noticed while fiddling around with settings and such was that the KDE environment was extremely stable on Sabayon Linux.  Many distros I found to have the problem where KDE has had many stability issues.  I do not know if this is due to the fact that Sabayon is, at its core, based on Gentoo Linux, which I am unfamiliar with except that it is one of the oldest running Linux distros and that it is one of the most extensible.  I got a pretty Windows-y feel from Sabayon at times, asking me repeatedly if I wanted to quit, was I sure I wanted to quit, etc. 

Overall, there wasn’t anything about Sabayon that I actively disliked or that was a deal-breaker.  It was a very nice distro that looks fabulous.

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