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12 October 2011, 11:41

Sabayon Linux 7 arrives with experimental Fusion kernel

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Sabayon logo The Sabayon Linux development team has released the GNOME, KDE and Xfce variants of version 7.0 of their Linux distribution. According to the developers, Sabayon 7 is "even more fun and cute" than the previous 6.0 release, while also being "bleeding edge" and reliable.

Sabayon Linux 7.0 is based on the 3.0 Linux kernel and includes a choice of either GNOME 3.2, KDE 4.7 or Xfce 4.8 as the desktop environment; the Xfce edition of Sabayon has been promoted to a non-experimental release. An experimental Fusion kernel is available as an option after install. The developers say that it is similar to Zen Linux kernel sources, calling it their "Sabayon-flavoured Linux kernel sources on steroids". It includes the Brain Fuck Scheduler (BFS), the BFQ I/O scheduler, experimental patches for DRM and Btrfs, Reiser4 and new wireless-next drivers.

Native support for the Btrfs filesystem has been added and the LibreOffice office suite, version, has been better integrated. Other changes include improved support for non-Latin languages, and IME and non-Roman fonts, "semi-automated" package updates and updates to the Entropy Framework. The developers also note that there have been more than 4,000 application updates since version 6.

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.

Further information about the 7.0 release can be found in the official release announcement. Sabayon Linux 7 is available to download for 32- and 64-bit systems from one of the project's mirrors.

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