Four new Sabayon Linux 6 "Core" releases
The Sabayon Linux development team has announced the release of four new "Core" editions of Sabayon Linux 6: SpinBase, CoreCDX, ServerBase and OpenVZ. According to the developers, as the releases fall under the Core umbrella, "they are not meant for beginners".
The SpinBase edition of Sabayon offers a "very minimal" desktop environment and is aimed at, for example, home server deployment. It can also be used to create custom ISO images using the project's Molecule tool; all Sabayon releases made by the developers are based on SpinBase.
CoreCDX also offers a minimal graphical environment: Fluxbox, a lightweight, minimalist X window manager. Designed to be built up and customised by the user, it includes no excess software, such as web browsers or advanced tools. ServerBase is similar to SpinBase but is instead powered by a server-optimised Linux kernel (package: sys-kernel/linux-server), while the OpenVZ edition is the project's official container-based OpenVZ (Open VirtualiZation) virtualisation template.
Each of the Core editions is based on the latest 6.0 release of Sabayon Linux, which includes native support for the Btrfs filesystem and improved theming for 16:9 and 16:10 widescreen monitors. Sabayon 6 also saw the distribution switch from OpenOffice.org to LibreOffice, as well as select Chromium as the bundled web browser.
Named after an egg-yolk based dessert (also known as zabaglione), Sabayon is derived from Gentoo Linux. It is intended to provide a "complete out-of-the-box experience" while being both stable and versatile.
More details about the Core releases can be found in the announcement forum post. Each of the new Core editions of Sabayon Linux 6 are available to download for 32- and 64-bit systems from one of the project's mirrors.