joostruis

Sabayon Linux Repository maintainer / Web developer / Father / Elferrat

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Sabayon Linux development in 2015

In case you didn’t notice, last months some major changes have been made to the Sabayon Linux project. Most are pure technical changes in the project management that the end users will never notice. Here is a short log.

Docker based images

These are forked directly from a Gentoo stage3 docker image. The result is a very clean chroot that is even closer to Gentoo. Our docker pulls in the stage3, adds Sabayon overlay, installs Entropy to a point where it can run. Then it checks the Portage database to list what packages are installed and replaces them with the packages from Entropy. (Ain’t that cool?). Now we can keep our minimal chroot current and easy make changes whenever we want. The docker base image is then being “squashed” so we can feed it as an image to our Molecule™ script that will build our iso images for us.

With this move we also made the creation of spins more accessible to developers! Go fork us!

MATE spin

The MATE spin will be brought back as an “official” spin.

Artwork

The Sabayon artwork is now completely modular. Whoever wants to create his own spin (or distro based on Entropy) can now simply fork these artwork ebuilds and package them in their own Entropy™ repository.

Installer

We replaced Anaconda installer with Calamares. Many users complained about buggy Anaconda and the Calamares project was designed for distro’s like Sabayon Linux. At the moment Calamares still lacks some features, like disk-encryption, but we expect them to be implemented sooner or later. Obviously Calamares is fully theme-able and all the artwork is in a separate artwork package. The installer configuration is shipped with the app-misc/calamares-sabayon-base-modules package.

https://calamares.io/

Plasma desktop 5

Not officially supported yet but you can now add a community repository and install it.

New developers

Ettore Di Giacinto and Francesco Ferro joined the Sabayon Linux development team.

ARM

We are planning to bring back ARM support.

So as you can see we’ve been busy little bees getting all this done.

You can find us here:

https://www.sabayon.org/

https://github.com/Sabayon

https://hub.docker.com/r/sabayon/

https://plus.google.com/communities/111215969224831918857

https://www.facebook.com/groups/36125411841/

You can fund us here:

https://pledgie.com/campaigns/19051

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New version of Sabayon is out! Install it or do equo update, or something. Or not.

Sabayon 15.06 is a modern and easy to use Linux distribution based on Gentoo, following an extreme, yet reliable, rolling release model.

This is a monthly release generated, tested and published to mirrors by our build servers containing the latest and greatest collection of software available in the Entropy repositories.

In this release we focused also our attention on a big restyle. Yes you heard it well.

Psst! You can’t be serious

We are. We changed a lot of thing under the hood, and with this release we wanted to show them up also on the surface.

All the flavors received the deserved love.

We moved to 4.0 kernel, gcc 4.9.2, systemd 216, x265 support, primus for high performance graphics on optimus card, prepared Entropy for Plasma 5, libav 11.3, Kodi (the new name of XBMC) : the complete ChangeLog files related to this release are available on our mirrors. We have some very exciting improvements in the pipeline.

The list of packages included in each Sabayon flavor is available inside “*.pkglist” files. If you want to have a look at what’s inside our repositories, just go to our packages website.

Please read on to know where to find the images and their torrent files on our mirrors.

Fresh software, at all times

Sabayon developers have the funny habit of packaging all the latest stuff that is in the Gentoo repositories and make it available as soon as possible to our users. If you are looking for the latest KDE, GNOME or LibreOffice, the chance that “it’s all in the repos already” are very high. We keep rolling 24/7, 365 days a year, because old software get us instantly bored.

Available releases

We offer only 64bit releases.

Anyway you are free to choose between the wonderful minimalism of GNOME, the eyecandy of KDE or the old fart called Xfce. If you are the kind of person who just needs Fluxbox/Openbox/i3 or whatever else, just get the Minimal image and you won’t be hit by the “OMG candies” bloat that is in the other images.

Steam Big Picture mode

Following our well appreciated Media Center mode that lets you convert your computer into an XBMC-based media center, we’re now offering a way to get away from the boring Christmas movies and start doing something more serious: gaming, on Linux. Our KDE and GNOME images come with Steam preinstalled and ready to be launched. In addition to this, a new boot and install mode called “Steam Big Picture” (formerly and improperly known as SteamBox mode) is now available letting you turn your computer into a real Linux gaming console, no matter if it is NVIDIA, AMD or Intel GPU-based.

Binary vs Source Package Manager

It’s up to you whether turn a newly Sabayon installation into a geeky Gentoo ~arch system or just camp on the lazy side and enjoy the power of our binary, simple to use Applications Manager (a.k.a. Rigo) – or command line tool called equo. With Sabayon you are really in control of your system the way you really want.

Native NVIDIA and AMD GPU drivers support

All our releases natively support the latest and greatest GPU hardware from NVIDIA through the proprietary driver. Whether you want to enjoy your Linux rig for gaming or video playback, you can. For AMD hardware though, we default to the Open Source implementation for the supported cards. Make sure to pass “nomodeset” to the boot command line to force the proprietary drivers to be used instead, head over the wiki for more details.

LTS Linux Kernels, 3.10, 3.12 offered

We are now tracking the 3.10, 3.12, 3.14 Long Term Stable Linux kernels, offering (almost) same-day updates to them. If you are using Sabayon in a server environment, you will surely welcome this. However, if you’re using Sabayon on your laptop, desktop workstation, switching between kernels or just moving to a new version has become a no-brainer operation through Rigo: just go to the preferences menu, select the kernel menu (LTS and regular kernels are listed in separate menus), pick a kernel and click “Install”. Rigo will take care of updating external modules in a reliable and safe way on your behalf.

Download Links

Please find the official file names and hashes below.

Files

Name

Sabayon GNOME (64 bit)

Download

http://dl.sabayon.org/iso/monthly/Sabayon_Linux_15.06_amd64_GNOME.iso

Name

Sabayon KDE (64 bit)

Download

http://dl.sabayon.org/iso/monthly/Sabayon_Linux_15.06_amd64_KDE.iso

Name

Sabayon Xfce (64 bit)

Download

http://dl.sabayon.org/iso/monthly/Sabayon_Linux_15.06_amd64_Xfce.iso

Name

Sabayon Minimal (64 bit)

Download

http://dl.sabayon.org/iso/monthly/Sabayon_Linux_15.06_amd64_Minimal.iso

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EfikaMX: Install Sabayon to NAND

I assume you have a working bootable Sabayon image on a sd card.

Boot from the Sabayon SD

Once booted up:
Install u-boot-tools:
equo install u-boot-tools
We need this later

Format the nand root partition:
mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda2

Mount the clean nand root partition:
mkdir /mnt/nand && mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/nand

Rsync / from the SD to the new nand partition:
rsync -avHAXx --delete --numeric-ids --exclude "/mnt/*" / /mnt/nand/

Change fstab on the nand root partition:
nano /mnt/nand/etc/fstab
Change /dev/mmcblk0p1 to /dev/sda1

Unmount nand root partition
umount /dev/sda2

Now we go ahead with the boot partition.
mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda1

Rsync boot partition from the SD to the new partition:
mkdir /mnt/temp && mount /dev/mmcblk0p1 /mnt/temp
mkdir /mnt/nandboot && mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/nandboot

rsync -avHAXx /mnt/temp/ /mnt/nandboot/

Regenerate uboot image:

cd into /mnt/nandboot

nano boot.script

change so it looks like this root=/dev/sda2

Now regenerate the uboot image:

mkimage -A arm -T script -C none -n "boot" -d boot.script  boot.scr

Reboot the system and remove the SD card.

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fglrx and underscan

Since about a week I got a new monitor ( Samsung Syncmaster S24B350 ) and the first thing I noticed when I booted in my Windows(tm) partition was weird black borders around the desktop. Not being able to use “auto-adjustment” I scratched my head over this and went into the Catalyst settings. Here I noticed I could disable underscan and get this problem fixed for Windows(tm). The same problem occurred in Sabayon. The same solution applied using the /opt/bin/amdcccle tool but the settings were gone after a reboot. Obviously not using that gui tool right.. even as root I could not get it to save my settings.

To perm fix this, from a root shell run:

/opt/bin/aticonfig –set-pcs-val=MCIL,DigitalHDTVDefaultUnderscan,0

Hope it helps somebody.

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The S.M.A.R.T Attribute 193 Load/Unload counter keeps increasing on a SATA 2 hard drive

Almost 3 years ago after another drive went broken I thought I’d go buy a Western Digital because I’ve read some good stuff about it. At the local shop I’ve found the caviar green drive, and hey saving energy is good for my wallet, so why not get this one I thought. 

All was fine and good until after ~2 years it suddenly died! At least I thought it did. (short drama story here on G+)

I decided to ignore that drive a bit until recently I needed room for my homedir and decided to move my stuff on a partition on that drive. And here we go again, nothing but problems after using it for about a week. I instantly recalled that I already dugg the problem before and came to the conclusion that under Linux the head parking is happening very very often. 

This leads to worn out parts, stuff we certainly want to prevent happening.

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(very high Load/Unload)

So this post is kind of a warning for people that have such a drive and combine it with intense disk usage. A crazy old Linux tester like me that moves stuff around all the time, or perhaps a torrent users, whatever. There is a solution for this issue that could prevent you from running into problems by following these steps:

1. Get on a Microsoft Windows Machine.

2. Make a bootable USB flash drive

http://blogs.technet.com/b/csstwplatform/archive/2012/06/26/how-to-create-a-ms-dos-bootable-usb-flash-drive.aspx

3. download wdidle3 here

4. Extract wdidle3.exe to your just created bootable USB 

5. Put the USB in the PC with the Caviar Green drive and boot it.

6. run wdidle3.exe /s300

Further reading here:

 

http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5357/~/the-s.m.a.r.t-attribute-193-load%2Funload-counter-keeps-increasing-on-a-sata-2

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Testing Steam Linux Beta

Not that I wish to support this highly experimental piece of software, but let me show you how I would try to install the Steam Linux Beta client on Sabayon Linux.

1. You will need to add a custom overlay called steam-overlay

Edit /etc/layman/layman.cfg and add file:///var/lib/layman/my-list.xml  to the overlays section. Mind you, it only works if it is tabbed in position right under http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/overlays/repositories.xml. (smells like Python nazi stuff to me)

Now you must create /var/lib/layman/my-list.xml and add to this file:

<?xml version=”1.0″ ?>
 <repositories version=”1.0″>
   <repo priority=”50″ quality=”experimental” status=”unofficial”>
     <name>steam-overlay</name>
     <description>Gentoo overlay for Valve’s Steam client and Steam-based games</description>
     <owner>
       <email></email>
     </owner>
     <source type=”git”>git://github.com/anyc/steam-overlay.git</source>
   </repo>
</repositories>
If you didn’t have git installed, use Entropy to install it.
2. layman -f -a steam-overlay
3. emerge –sync 
4. emerge -av steam-meta
ANY dependency that gets pulled in from Portage you should install using Entropy first until you end up with a list like this:

[ebuild N ] games-util/steam-installer-9999::steam-overlay 1,297 kB
[ebuild N ] games-util/steam-client-meta-9999::steam-overlay USE=”-flash -windows-games” VIDEO_CARDS=”-intel” 0 kB
[ebuild N ] games-util/steam-meta-9999::steam-overlay USE=”installer -testdeps” 0 kB

Remarks :
– Those ebuilds can be broken ( because upstream changes allot causing the manifests to fail )
– We are playing with an experimental binary blob here, it could include code that makes kittens die, so be warned!
More info here:
Edit: I had to remanifest and redo the patch for steam since upstream just changed things:
remove-ubuntu-specifics.patch

— usr/bin/steam.orig 2012-11-30 21:04:16.370876939 +0100
+++ usr/bin/steam 2012-11-30 21:09:32.650054985 +0100
@@ -108,27 +108,6 @@ function setup_variables()
fi
}

-function install_extra_packages()
-{
– EXTRA_PACKAGES=”$*”

– # Get the list of packages which are already installed
– INSTALLED=”$(dpkg –get-selections $EXTRA_PACKAGES 2>/dev/null | grep “\binstall$” | cut -f1 | sort)”

– # compute the list of packages that need to be installed
– NEEDSINSTALL=”$(comm -23 <(echo “$EXTRA_PACKAGES” | tr ‘ ‘ ‘\n’ | sort) <(echo “$INSTALLED”) | xargs ) ”
– NEEDSINSTALL=${NEEDSINSTALL## } # remove leading space

– if [ “$NEEDSINSTALL” ]; then
– # Call to actually do the work
– MESSAGE=$”Please enter your password to complete the Steam installation.

-Steam needs to install these additional packages:
-“$NEEDSINSTALL
– run_sudo “$MESSAGE” apt-get install $NEEDSINSTALL
– fi
-}

function install_bootstrap()
{
STEAMDIR=$1
@@ -159,8 +138,6 @@ function install_bootstrap()
# Restore the umask
umask $omask

– # Try and install any extra packages
– install_extra_packages jockey-common python-apt
}

function repair_bootstrap()

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Missing gtk+ icons/font render problems?

On my test weekly system I noticed that gcc wasn’t updated first. The order of things sometimes matter! If you see messages like this error while loading shared libraries: libffi.so.6 during package updates, you are surely affected by this. So if you notice problems with icons go missing, weird colors on gtk apps:

# equo install x11-libs/pango x11-libs/gdk-pixbuf x11-libs/gtk+:2 x11-libs/gtk+:3

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