Sabayon 5.0 update

Its been a little while since I posted on this blog but let me tell you in short whats going to happen very soon:
– Sabayon 5.0 Release Candidate 1 will be released for testing.
The Sabayon testing team went through 2 beta stages to get here so it should be fine for most people to check out. If the RC1 makes it through testing team it will be marked as 5.0.
– Chromium is here! No not only the chromium-bin version, but the chromium version build against our tree. (Entropy) and yes it works with flash!
– You can migrate to Sabayon branch 5 now using the following procedure:
  • Make sure you have latest entropy version on branch 4
  • equo hop 5
  • equo update
  • equo upgrade
Keep in mind that there is NO more support for KDE 3.x If your system has KDE 3.x installed don’t expect it to work after you’ve migrated to branch 5.
– We’ve migrated to latest libxcb-1.4
– Sabayon 5 will be more bleeding edge then ever! And we are planning keeping things updated daily using a testing repository. On the next release (5.1) all packages from testing repository will flow into the mainline repository.
– Latest beta 9.10 ATI fglrx are in entropy
– Kernel 2.6.31
So expect all off this coming to you very soon.

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Jumping into Branch 5

At this point of writing it feels like the branch is fairly in shape enough. I’ve added KDE 4.3 RC2 from kde-testing overlay to work towards the final KDE 4.3 release.

As we speak a migration tool is being written to handle certain things that must be done after you hop into branch 5. If you are a little dare devil and want to jump into branch 5 ( equo hop 5 ) you need to keep in mind these steps.

  • Do I realise that I’m about to download 800 – 1000 packages and I have enough free disc space to survive that operation.
  • It’s important, since its a binary tree, that you complete equo upgrade (or what we used to call equo world)
  • I’m not sure when the migration tools will be implemented but since we jumped to Python 2.6 you need to check eselect python list and see if its set to this.
  • You will most likely need to equo install gcc and run gcc-config and set it to the latest gcc version
  • You need to run binutils-config to manauly select a profile.
  • The lowest kernel is a 2.26.30 you need to check with eselect kernel if its set to it and maybe manualy add the entry in /boot/grub/grub.conf
  • Right now there is no new artwork available in branch 5 so it will kinda look the same.
If none of above stop you from trying the new branch, well its there for you.


Branch 5: A work in progress

About 3 weeks ago i started work on branch 5 for Sabayon 5 and i must say that i made good progress! So i hear you ask, what it means a “branch” well let me try to explain how it all works.


The chroots:

As you might already know, Sabayon Linux is based on Gentoo Linux.
Now in Italy we have this huge computer that hosts basically 2 enormous Gentoo installs, we call these “chroots”. It’s 2 chroots because we support 2 architectures amd64 and x86. So as you might guessed, yes all packaging that goes into entropy is done twice. These 2 chroots form one branch.

How i do it? Well I simply login the Italian server and connect to one of the chroots. When I log in to a chroot ( yes its the chroot command, but we saved them in screen sessions to get access to them quickly ) I use all the commands any Gentoo user would. I operate my make.conf, package.use and package.mask files to have my enormous tree compiled to be best performing for a great amount of machines and people. Day to day i check for relevant packages that we want to have updated in e.g. Entropy. When i’m done emerging those updates and their depends i use tools written by Fabio Erculiani aka “Lxnay” to create packages. This is done fully automatically and there is nothing difficult about that really. So once its all packaged and i did my quality checks its all ready to get pushed out to the people as I say. From the server in Italy things get uploaded to the distribution server from where everything, again automatically, gets spread to servers world wide. Pretty cool huh?

Branches :

So we have these chroots I’m working on day 2 day and at a certain point there are some important updates that require allot of packages to be recompiled. Think of a new python version, new xorg version and some other lower-level stuff like the compiler itself.
At some point it just makes sense to stop doing the day 2 day updates, copy the whole thing and from the copy do the important updates and the heavy recompiling. This new copy would be the new branch. Does it mean that the previous branch is closed? Well basicly from my side it is, i only do updates on it when there are security risks involved, we are Linux and we want to keep people safe. The goal is to keep the old branch available to users for at least a year. This will give them the time to migrate to the new branch. (By either installing a new DVD release or use equo hop to jump into the new branch.) So yeah, its possible to keep on working on the same system and just hop into the new branch.


When a new branch is created and the first disc is released there are already newer updates almost everyday. At some point it would be enough to trigger like 300 updates after a new install on a users pc. This can be even within 6 weeks or so. At some point we create a new snapshot which is basically as much as : Take Release 1, equo upgrade it to the latest available packages, put is all on a disc.

So yeah, we are a true rolling distribution!


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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