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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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Create your own spinoff!

If you are in a small company or simply in a situation where you want to install a preselected list of programs then why shouldn’t you just grab SabayonCore modify the ISO so it will have anything you want and burn that to a disc. Or maybe you want to create your own Sabayon based distro and fork it a bit? Yes you can!

The tool we have in stock to achieve this is called molecule.
First install molecule (equo install molecule)

Then grab an example spec file.

All I can say is that if you want to start something based on the CoreCD you want to have a look at this spec file:

http://gitweb.sabayon.org/?p=molecule.git;a=blob;f=examples/specs/5-x86-g-remaster-add-games.spec;h=5623f42dee8595990663ad2e72697cafd9ce9143;hb=29d45a193430bc8afbda65d0cf10f692144f5f70

(also found in /etc/molecule/examples)

Since I am for now only looking into a 64bits mastered ISO I’ve commented out:

# pre chroot command, example, for 32bit chroots on 64bit system, you always
# have to append "linux32" this is useful for inner_chroot_script
# prechroot: linux32

Next I point to where My ISO I want to remaster is:

# Path to source ISO file (MANDATORY)
source_iso: /home/joost/Sabayon_Linux_CoreCD_DAILY_amd64.iso

Now where does this all go:

# Destination directory for the ISO image path (MANDATORY)
destination_iso_directory: /home/joost

Tell molecule to update that ISO before installing anything (that is the next point in line)

# Determine whether repositories update should be run (if packages_to_add is set)
# (default is: no), values are: yes, no.
execute_repositories_update: yes

Tell it to add packages (in this case my set @lxde)

# List of packages that would be added from chrooted system (comma separated)
packages_to_add: @lxde

Ofcourse you can add as many packages here as you want!

I can imagine this does not actually give the perfect result yet.
In my example I use the @lxde set and it contains the gdm login manager by default. On CoreCD chroot there is actually nothing that triggers this to auto start. We also need to configure a file called /etc/conf.d/xdm and set it to use gdm.

Here an example snip. how thats done:

Make it use gdm:
sed -i 's/DISPLAYMANAGER=".*"/DISPLAYMANAGER="gdm"/g' /etc/conf.d/xdm

Make xdm startup automaticly (and thus load gdm)
rc-update add xdm

so I created inner_chroot_script_after.sh
#!/bin/bash
# Use gdm by default
sed -i 's/DISPLAYMANAGER=".*"/DISPLAYMANAGER="gdm"/g' /etc/conf.d/xdm
# automaticly start xdm
rc-update add xdm
# to be sure, cleanup
equo cleanup

All these commands should be put in a file, and we point our specs file to trigger it from within the chroot like this:
# Inner chroot script command, to be executed inside destination chroot after
# packages installation and removal
inner_chroot_script_after: /home/joost/inner_chroot_script_after.sh

Now run molecule and make it all happen:
molecule sabayon-lxde-amd64.spec

Keep in mind I cannot guarantee anything YET, but it should give you a head start.
Also note that this is a strategy used where we take an excisting iso and modify it basicly. Much more advanced things ARE possible but lets start here rite?

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