Sabayon 8: It’s here

My Linux distro of choice has just hit another release milestone.


More busy than busy bees, we’re once again here to announce the immediate availability of Sabayon 8 in all of its tier-1 flavours. If you really enjoyed Sabayon 7, this is just another step towards World domination.
Letting bleeding edge and reliability to coexist is the most outstanding challenge our users, our team, is faced every day.

There you have it, shining at full bright, for your home computer, your laptop and your home servers.

Linux 3.2, GNOME 3.2.2, KDE 4.7.4 (4.8.0 available in testing repo), Xfce 4.8, LibreOffice 3.4.4 are just some of the things you will find inside the box.

During this cycle, we spent a lot of time optimizing critical packages at compiler level, ensuring unprecedented performances, tuning system responsivity under load and backporting power management patches.

What you find here is Sabayon GNOME, KDE, Xfce, SpinBase (bare-metal flavour for building your own ISO images), ServerBase (same but with server-optimized kernel) and CoreCDX, for those liking Fluxbox.

Of course, with Sabayon being a rolling release, I don’t need to do anything beyond my regular updates to reach the next release. And this is one of the reasons that I love using Sabayon. The developers have done a great job of building a distro that delivers all of the latest and greatest software, direct to my desktop, with pretty much no effort needed on my part at all.

If you are a time-poor geek who likes having the latest shiny, it really is the best of the best.

I’m also very happy to see that, while Cinnamon is in the repositories, my desktop will continue to default to the latest release of GNOME 3. Not that changing from one desktop environment to another is difficult, or even time-consuming, but I do like the elegance of GNOME 3, and the fact that it is so relentlessly focussed on actually getting stuff done.