Jul 6, 2007

Gentoo Linux for the rest of us: Part II

So I have had some time to play with Sabayon a little bit. My verdict...Pretty Cool! I am still not switching my Linux of choice yet from Ubuntu, but for those out there trying to break into the Linux realm, this is pretty good. I think die-hard Gentoo lovers won't like it, because it is a little too "pre-configured" for many of their tastes.

I tried installing it on VMWare, which was okay, but OpenGL isn't supported under VMWare. So, alas, I didn't get the full experience of the 3D desktop environment. The whole process is automated from the live CD installer, and you don't have to do too much thinking which is what I hated about the original Gentoo. Here are some bullets I noted when installing:

* OpenGL automatically installed if graphics card supports it.
* Choice between Gnome, KDE, Enlightenment, or Fluxbox at installation (Not XFCE though!)
* Set boot loader password at installation for greater security
* I installed version 3.3, apparently 3.4 is HD ready

I didn't spend a lot of time playing with it. There are, I am sure, other better features that I didn't even scratch the service of. For ease of use and installation though, I give this distro an A+, and in my book they have totally redeemed the name of Gentoo.

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