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20 October 2011, 13:23

Sabayon Linux 7 "Core" editions released

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Sabayon 7 The Sabayon development team has released four new "Core" editions of version 7 of its Linux distribution: SpinBase, CoreCDX, ServerBase and OpenVZ. The SpinBase edition is the Core edition on which all Sabayon releases are based. It has a "very minimal" desktop environment and is aimed at, for example, home server deployment. With it, users can also create custom ISO images using the project's Molecule tool.

The CoreCDX edition uses Fluxbox, a minimalist X window manager, and is designed to be built up and customised by the user: it includes no extra software, such as web browsers or advanced tools. ServerBase is unlike the SpinBase edition in that it is 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.

All of the Core editions are derived from the recent Sabayon 7 release, which is based on the 3.0 Linux kernel. It also features an optional experimental Fusion kernel that the developers say that it is similar to Zen Linux kernel sources. Other changes over the 6.x branch include encrypted filesystem and native Btrfs support, as well as updates to the Entropy Framework.

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. According to the developers, Sabayon releases under the Core umbrella "are not meant for beginners, hence the name".

Further information about the Core editions can be found in the official release announcement. Each of the new Core editions of Sabayon Linux 7 are available to download for 32- and 64-bit systems from one of the project's mirrors.

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