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Review: Sabayon Linux 4.0

Jan 23, 2009, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Lake)

"Sabayon Linux, with the introduction of version 4, has a new look, a new logo, and a new catchphrase. "Open your source, Open your mind." Really, it's a catchy little saying and immediately sets the tone for what is to be an interesting user experience.

"Initial bootup is quick and fairly straight forward. During bootup, the LiveDVD actually starts playing a rock song while it's booting up. Yeah, seriously. While it's weird, you have to give them props for uniqueness. It also serves the unique purpose of making sure that Sabayon has properly seen your sound card. It will stutter and stagger a bit as it loads, especially if your processor is taxed, but otherwise it should play just fine without interuption.

"Once the system boots all the way, it drops you into a screen that lays out the two kinds of user environments you can experience: Enhanced and Standard. I chose to use the standard environment, especially since Compiz has chosen to stop playing nice on my test machine. Likely because it's not the latest of hardware. But then, if a Linux distribution can't run well on older hardware, something's not right. But that's another argument for another time. So anyways, moving on..."

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