Administrative Tools – Most of the administrative tools are accessible from the System Settings Center. On previous versions of KDE, the administrative tools were distributed across two tabs, the General and the Advanced. In KDE 4.5.1, however, the Advanced has been eliminated, so all the tools are visible from one screen.
The KDE System Settings Center.
KDE 4.5 features a system-wide and a per-user graphical account managers. The per-user account manager, shown below, allows a user to change his/her password, logon account image, and a few other user-specific details.
Per-User Account Manager
The System-wide graphical account manager, restricted to use by the root account, allows the root user to create new user accounts, manage account and password expirations, password-locking, and configure other system-wide account details.
Media and Hardware Handling – KsCD and Clementine are the audio players installed, with KsCD as the default. KsCD is purely a music CD player. When you insert an audio CD, it is the only option presented by the system to play the CD, and that I think is because the system will only recognize native KDE applications for handling media events. Clementine has about the same set of feature as Amarok and Rhythmbox, two full-featured audio players that are available in the repository.
When a DVD video is inserted, the three options the system offers are Rip Video DVD Titles with K3B, Copy with K3B, and Open With File Manager. Nothing to play a DVD video with, though VLC is installed. Want to play a DVD video on Sabayon 5.4 KDE? You will have to launch VLC from the menu (Applications > Multimedia > VLC media player, or Favorites > VLC media player). With libdvdcss installed, VLC will play encrypted DVD videos out of the box.
Note: VLC and other applications that are not native KDE application will not be offered as device options in the Device Notifier actions.
The only test printer I have, an HP Deskjet F4280 All-in-One, could not be configured to work with Sabayon 5.4. It is not in the printer database.
Security Profile – On the physical security front, Sabayon has all the tools it would take to achieve a 5-star (physical) security rating: Full disk encryption and password-enabling the bootloader console are supported by the installer, and the graphical user management program supports account expiration and account and password-locking.
On the network security side, the firewall, as it has always been with Sabayon, is disabled out of the box. For the first time, as far as I can remember, there is a graphical firewall configuration program installed, and it is the only graphical firewall program in the repository. The problem is that Firewall Builder, the graphical firewall program, is not the most non-geek user-friendly tool available on Linux. I am surprised that simpler graphical firewall configuration tools are not even in the repository.