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07 June 2010, 12:22

Sabayon Linux 5.3 adds new installer

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Sabayon Logo The Sabayon Linux developers have released the GNOME and KDE variants of version 5.3 of their Linux distribution. Sabayon, named after an egg-yolk based dessert, is derived from Gentoo Linux and is aimed at providing a "complete out-of-the-box experience" while being both stable and versatile.

The latest release features the 2.6.34 Linux kernel and includes a choice of either GNOME 2.28 with GNOME Shell or version 4.4.3 of KDE (KDE 4.4.4 arrived last week) as the desktop environment. Sabayon is built with GCC 4.4 and Glibc 2.10 and uses Ext4 as the default file system, although Btrfs is now also officially supported. According to Sabayon Linux founder Fabio Erculiani, the release is fast to boot and is installable in approximately 10 minutes.

Changes over the previous 5.2 release include a new installer based on Fedora 14 Anaconda, improved GRUB2 support, smaller ISO images and more than 1,000 newly updated packages, including version 3.2 of OpenOffice. Other updates include a new version of the Bringing Entropy Framework package manager and the latest open source NVIDIA and AMD video drivers.

More details about the release, including GNOME and KDE tours and a list of updated packages, are available in the announcement press release. Sabayon Linux 5.3 is available to download for 32 and 64-bit systems from one of the project's mirrors.

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