SabayonSabayon 5.4 E17 is one of several “Experimental Spins” of Sabayon Linux released just this week. It is based on E17, version 0.17 of Enlightenment, a multi-platform stacking window manager and desktop environment. This is the first time in more than two years that I have reviewed a distribution using the Enlightenment desktop environment. It was still under heavy development then, and I thought it was about time I took another look at it.

Installation: The installation program and process are the same with all the other Sabayon releases. LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, is supported, and it is the default disk partitioning scheme. RAID and full and partition-level disk encryption is also supported. The boot loader is GRUB Legacy. Ext4 is the default file system type. Ext3, xfs, jfs, reiserfs, and btrfs are the other supported journaling file systems. See how to install Sabayon 5.x on a btrfs file system.

Installed Applications: Sabayon 5.4 E17 is an “Experimental Spin,” and to judge it by the number of installed applications, it is a bare-bone release. There are not a whole lot of applications installed out of the box. The following list of applications is all you will find, that is, aside from a few desktop utilities:

  • Firefox(3.6.11)
  • Emesene
  • XChat IRC
  • Ristretto (image viewer)
  • Leafpad (note editor)
  • Totem Movie Player
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This is a screenshot of all major applications installed on Sabayon 5.4 E17.

All installed applications

Since this is Sabayon, managing applications is best done via Sulfur, the graphical package manager.
Software Management:


This is a screenshot of the default desktop. The dock, or iBar (also Shelf 1), is smack in the middle. Shelf 5 is on the left and Shelf 6 is on the right.

Default Sabayon E17 desktop

E17’s application menu on the iBar.

Menu items

Click-and-hold on a shelf to see its configuration options.

Shelf 5 menu


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14 Responses

  1. I’m running Linux Mint-12. It is finally time for the “recommended” fresh install of a new Linux Mint edition.
    As I write this in min-September 2013, should I skip Mint-15 and wait for Mint-16 or should I fall back to Mint-14.

    ~~~ 8d;-Dan

  2. Installed but couldnt get to desktop because it kept restarting.
    AMD 6790 / X2 5600+ / 4GB RAM
    Very, very dissapointed.

  3. How can someone take excellent Debian and ruin it so much?
    First (and last for me) error was in restart after installation:
    “unable to connect to system bus: failed to connect to socket…”
    After restart using case button it came almost to desktop and auto restarted…
    Im so dissapointed – if this is the best Linux community can offer
    (4. most used OS in the world!?!) than I`m doomed to Window$.

    1. To start with, Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, not Debian. And where did you get the “4. most used OS in the world” from? I hope you’re not going by that table on Distrowatch.

  4. During the install process, is there an option to install the boot-loader to the ‘/’ partition super-block? The impression I got from the release notes is that the boot-loader is installed by default into the mbr (no option given to the user!). I do not want this since I am using a multi-boot system with legacy GRUB. I want to chain-load Mint-15 using legacy GRUB. Will appreciate a clarification on this issue.
    Thanks in advance.

  5. I’ve been using Mint 15 on my laptop from the time it came out to now, & I like it a lot. One thing you seem to have missed is the enhanced search feature in the Software Manager. You can now search for programs within software categories, which is a small but useful change. If you click on a category before you search a yellow strip appears at the top of the Software Manger & explains, while letting you search all categorizes if you don’t find what you’re looking for.

  6. Early in the article, you mention install troubles on a store-bought, Windows-8 workstation. You attribute those troubles to MicroSoft’s business practices. While that might be the case, the troubles stem from the deployment of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) on the store-bought workstation. The UEFI web site states “The UEFI specification defines a new model for the interface between personal-computer operating systems and platform firmware. The interface consists of data tables that contain platform-related information, plus boot and runtime service calls that are available to the operating system and its loader. Together, these provide a standard environment for booting an operating system and running pre-boot applications.”

    This effort exists as an attempt to make it more difficult for scum-ware and mal-ware to infect a workstation during the system startup processing. If the UEFI configuration, as shipped, says that Linux is naughty, the workstation balks. I’m not fan of the Redmond monopoly. It is a defect in UEFI deployment that is at fault regardless of the business practices and motives that may have created the defect.
    ~~~ 0;-Dan

  7. I only run persistent Live USB, as a “coffee shop” wi-fi OS. On that basis, Mint 15 Cinnamon is slower on my machines than the earlier verions, while I’m very happy with Mint 15 XFCE. Cinnamon is an elegant desktop, but users should know that this edition is on the new Ubuntu 9 month support cycle. I don’t partition my hard drive for a 9 month install.

  8. This has been the worst distro I have ever used, 15 is horrible.

    Having a load of incompatibility problems, system locking up entirely, crashing of the DE, complete infinite loops making the system work overtime. Even the new software source manager likes to crash part way into the pinging of servers.

    The icons are hideous and the scaling of the icons just do not look appealing. When using a high density display, they’re amateur looking.

    This repulsive distro even has quite a few worse points than the one it’s based on, Ubuntu.

    1. Hmm, Chris, sorry to hear you’ve had a bad go of it. I’ve found Linux Mint 15 superb… and I’ve used the last few Mints (and I’ve had about 9 years running Ubuntu desktops and servers, too). Best of the recent bunch in my opinion, and the previous ones have been pretty impressive too despite being somewhat half-baked during the Gnome3 transition (now largely resolved with Cinnamon and MATE)…

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