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Sabayon Linux 4

Feb 06, 2009, 03:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susan Linton)

"Sabayon Linux is comparable to Mandriva or openSUSE in that it is a large system aiming to meet the needs of a broad section of users. The first evidence of this is seen at the initial boot of the live DVD, which contains several modes of operation. Beyond the default choice that boots with music into a highly customized KDE, one can also boot an EeePC mode that provides the same KDE environment at a 640x480 resolution. You can also opt to start the installation in either graphical or text mode. You can also boot to an anonymous web browsing mode that uses Tor or boot to play Sauerbraten, a popular 3D action game. cube

"With most of these boot modes, the user is given the chance to enable 3D desktop effects with Compiz Fusion if their hardware is supported. Besides the native Intel support, Sabayon comes with NVIDIA and ATI proprietary accelerated graphic drivers. So, most hardware is supported - if you do not mind binary blobs. Compiz Fusion usually requires a beefy system, but basic functionality was tested successfully here with 2.0 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM.

"Sabayon Linux 4 sports a tasteful new theme that starts at first boot and is consistent throughout. Gone are the gothic tones of 2.x and the gawdy bright blue of 3.x. The professional quality graphics feature gray tones with royal blue accents and is very easy on the eyes. This new theme reflects the maturity of the distribution and its developers."

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