Version 16.11 Release Date: November 1, 2016
NOTE: This distro comes on a DVD. Please ensure that your system will read from a DVD before ordering.
Sabayon Linux is a pre-configured distribution with the tenets of Performance, Versatility, and Stability, based on the source-based distribution named Gentoo Linux, a particularly customizable distribution. If you have other questions on Gentoo and its philosophy, I request you visit their website: http://gentoo.org. In particular, Sabayon emanates substantially from Gentoo's testing branch, one of the most popular source-based Linux distributions, which is about on par with Debian's unstable branch called Sid. Though based on the bleeding edge, you will find Sabayon is quite stable and perhaps more cutting edge than many. Although both Sabayon and Gentoo are rolling releases, Sabayon will have release snapshots.
Sabayon has multiple editions to choose from. From a variety of desktops to a variety of packages and installations that can enjoyed by new linux users as well as by power users who prefer a higher level of customization.
Once installed you should not need to reinstall a new updated version, since you can use the update tools. Entropy is a GUI tool and front-end for the text console based Equo. This allows you to have the latest and greatest packages available to you, at all times.
The Anaconda installer in Sabayon greatly simplifies installation including disk partition setup and disk encryption, if desired or required.
Sabayon's package manager Entropy is binary and currently contains about 13,000 packages in its repositories. Gentoo's package manager Portage is source based and has a quite huge repo.
Sabayon is highly active and well maintained. You can find help through our forums, live help, and the ever-growing wiki.
Sabayon is generally considered one of the more visually attractive Linux distros. From the installer, to the desktops, and even down to the terminal which has a useful color scheme applied to make any work on the command line pleasing to the eye and easy to understand.
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