Blogging from the Linux desktop

Now that Gnome 2.26 is finally in Entropy i was looking at some stuff to highlight a bit.

Incase you missed it, Spritz got renamed to Sulfur this week. If you haven’t allready installed it yet, check it out! The idea behind it was to by default offer a less complex interface for the comfort of lesser experienced people out there. You can simply switch to the older interface with all the options by selecting the “Advanced Mode” from the Sulfur top menu.

One of the recent added programs to portage is “Choqok” I nice micro-blogging application thats well designed in Qt4. It has inituative tabs and lets you, on Twitter, Re-Tweet Favorite and reply easily.

Another nice application for the more intense blogging work i’ve found got very recently added to Portage. Bilbo Blogger.

This program offers you a rich text editor to write your blog and depending on the API that the blogsite provides, it even lets you add images easily. Setting up the account is done by simply dumping in the link to your blog and your credentials.

Meanwhile i can tell you that we are on schedule for the next comming Sabayon Linux G 4.2 release. If you allready have Sabayon 4 and keep it up2date using Entropy, there will be no need to install it. All the artwork related to it is rolling in Entropy as we speak. So when you are Entropy world updated a 4.2 will be visable when you startup your machine.

Last but not least, I came across a nice video about why Linux sucks. Check it out because its all true! (ok most of it)


E17 now available in Entropy

To get it installed do this:

as root in a terminal:
equo update


edit /etc/entropy/packages/package.unmask
add into this file:



equo install dev-libs/eina dev-libs/eet x11-libs/evas x11-libs/ecore dev-libs/embryo media-libs/edje dev-libs/efreet x11-libs/e_dbus x11-wm/enlightenment

Now e17 is installed and you can enjoy it by selecting “enlightenment” from the sessions menu in the login screen.

additional tips:

Download themes here!


Goodluck Fabio and Welcome Daniel

After some years of hard work Fabio Erculiani decided it was enough and he wants to move on.

The team regrets this ofcourse and we wish him all the good luck with his new job @Microsoft

Would this mean the end of Sabayon? No! ofcourse not.
We have Daniel Robbins and some gentoo-devs ready to come help the distro to make it even better.

A press update will follow shortly


Some additions to KDE4

We are working on the next Sabayon 4.1 release and things are going well.
As you might know, this time we want to do things slightly different. Ironicly we always do things different. But this time we decided to work on 2 different DVD’s based on the previous succesfull release of liteMCE.
The G disc:
This will be allot like the liteMCE disc which features gnome as its desktopmanger.
The G disc doesn’t need much work. Since its mostly an updated packages/artwork version of liteMCE.
The K disc:
This would be the same thing as the G disc but with KDE 4.2.1 as its desktopmanager.
Now this one will take more time because we want to tackle some practical problems. We want to ship the K with the most pure KDE/Qt programs and we need to work out some of the artwork issues like GTK applications (e.g. firefox) that are looking ugly.
So i went looking and found a nice replacement for Gparted:
This package is already available in entropy. Please note that its still marked as beta and on my system it took a while before it loaded up on my screen.
Another thing we wanted to add to the K disc is a nice little program that lets you edit the grub menu and even reinstall grub in case of an emergency.
The GRUB editor program is now in entropy.
Any further suggestions are welcome.

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Entropy UGC

Ever since we launched the new website and implemented UGC (User Generated Content) in entropy it looks like it never came clear what this is all about. Let me try to put some light in the dark here and explain about the purpose about it.

We wanted to combine web 2.0 functionality with our packagemanager.
A user should be able to login into spritz and rate a package and further more, add some media to it so other users can see this using either spritz or directly from the web.

So what lxnay did was translate the phpbb functions into our own python api that would make interaction between forum and entropy UGC possible.

You might not have noticed it yet, but if you double click on a package in spritz this will open a new dialog presenting some more details about this package. How its build and when and more details you might never need to know.

Simply click on + add document here to add your own picture / howto / comment / youtube video to share with other users.

The same thing is possible using the webinterface, just go to

Easy as pie i’d say.
Just use your forum account to login and share with others!

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Creating a backup for entropy.

Entropy and its tools offer allot of things you might never guessed.

Lets take spritz and create a backup from our local client database. Its wise to make a backup of this client database every now and then because this holds all the information about your system installed packages.

Just hit “New Backup” and it will create a backup that we can use later in case of an emergency.

Running equo database backup will do the same thing.

I want to note that there are 2 databases that entropy uses.

  • The online database that holds entries about every package you can install. This is the database that gets updated when you run “equo update”. If for whatever reason this database get damaged, or when you cannot seem to update it using equo update, you can simply overwrite it and download a fresh new one using equo update –force.

  • The client database that holds everything you have installed on your system. When this gets corrupted OR removed you are screwed unless you have a very recent backup made as i explained above.

Now if for whatever reason the client database is removed/corrupt and you didn’t make any backup, there is one option that we can try to regenerate the client database.
Because we know from our online database what files belong to what package, we can scan the filesystem and poll the database and recreate our client database.

So if there is no way to get your things back togheter using a backup you can at the end of the line use our special escape: equo database resurrect

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A sad day for the community

Dear friends,

Today we’ve learned that our friend mr. Bunz died.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

The man with the balloons that always made us smile is no more.

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