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Sabayon Linux

Sabayon Linux or SabayonLinux, (formerly known as RR4 Linux/RR64 Linux), is a Gentoo-based Linux distribution created by Fabio Erculiani.

Sabayon Linux differs from Gentoo in that instead of installing the entire system from source code, the initial install is made using packages which are pre-compiled and bundled with the source code. Sabayon Linux currently supports the x86 and x86-64 platforms.

Sabayon Linux uses the Portage system from Gentoo for package management, meaning that all updates and base characteristics are in sync with Gentoo's portage tree and other mechanisms; thus a user can follow guides and articles written for Gentoo users. However, "world updates" are discouraged for beginners or those new to the parent distribution, as the structure is a little different and requires a slightly different method of execution. A guide has been written by a Sabayon Linux developer on how to do global updates and recompilation of all packages.

The Sabayon Linux developers are currently working on an infant project called "Entropy", which will take a different approach to managing packages. Among the early highlights is a binary package installer utility/script "binmerge", which shipped with the 3.3 miniEdition. binmerge sits atop Portage's native "emerge" utility and uses Sabayon Linux's pool of binary packages to install them. A simple "binmerge application-x" instead of "emerge application-x" will fetch that package from the community's repository. This would eliminate compiling entirely for those who prefer not to do so, provided their application has been compiled for the pool. The script appears to leverage several Portage features such as the "BINHOST" feature and a number of emerge options like "--getpkg" and "--usepkgonly". The major feature is that binmerge will also be aware of dependencies, both direct and indirect, meaning complete removal of packages will no longer be a complex process for a Gentoo system.

Website: Sabayon Linux
Posted on May 31st, 2014
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