"For those looking to experiment with a Gentoo-based Linux
system but are not looking forward to the obstacles of installing
Gentoo itself, an easier and quicker approach can be to use a
distribution like Sabayon Linux. Sabayon uses pre-compiled x86 and
x86_64 packages for installing the Linux distribution from its
LiveDVD and uses their own Entropy system for package management,
though these binary packages are compiled from Gentoo's Portage and
using the Portage system is still available. The LiveDVD installer
is also very easy to use and is just like using Ubuntu's Ubiquity
or Red Hat's Anaconda. With all the benchmarking though of Ubuntu
and Fedora as of late on Phoronix, we found it time to put out some
benchmarks of Sabayon Linux. Up today are benchmarks from the
recently released Sabayon 5.1 along with the older Sabayon 4.2 and
for comparison is Kubuntu 9.10.
"Sabayon 5.1 was released in mid-December and for our testing we
used the 64-bit LiveDVD with the KDE desktop. Sabayon 5.1 is
running with the Linux 2.6.31 kernel, KDE 4.3.4, X Server 1.6.5,
and GCC 4.4.1. The prominent packages for Sabayon 4.2 include the
Linux 2.6.29 kernel, KDE 4.2.4, X Server 1.5.3, and GCC 4.3.2.
Kubuntu 9.10 uses the Linux 2.6.31 kernel, KDE 4.3.2, X Server
1.6.4, and GCC 4.4.1. All three distributions use the EXT4
file-system by default.
"This quick round of benchmarking used World of Padman,
OpenArena, 7-Zip compression, Apache, PostgreSQL, LAME MP3, FFmpeg,
Gcrypt, John The Ripper, GraphicsMagick, C-Ray, MAFFT, PostMark,
and the Bullet Physics Engine. The Phoronix Test Suite powered all
of these tests. The hardware for this testing was a Lenovo ThinkPad
T61 notebook with an Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 processor, 4GB of
system memory, a 100GB Hitachi HTS72201 SATA HDD, and a NVIDIA
Quadro NVS 140M graphics processor."