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Sabayon 5.3 review

Sabayon  Sabayon is a multi-purpose, Gentoo-based Linux distribution. It is part-source, part-binary distribution. I just call it a hybrid distribution. The latest update, Sabayon 5.3, was made available to the public in early June. Installation images are available for the GNOME, KDE, LXDE and Xfce desktop environments. This review is based on the GNOME edition. The main purpose of the reviews published on this site is to give readers a good idea of what they would experience if they actually downloaded and installed the distribution on their computer. It is, therefore, necessary to highlight good features, or features I think will lead to a positive user experience. It is also necessary to highlight badly implemented features, or features that could give a negative user experience. For this review, let's begin by looking at the features I think you'll like on Sabayon (5.3). ...
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How to install Sabayon 5.3 on a btrfs filesystem

SabayonThanks to its use of Anaconda, the Fedora installer, Sabayon 5.3, the latest release of the Gentoo-based distribution, is one of the first Linux distributions with support for the btrfs file system. Btrfs is one of the newest filesystems in the Linux kernel. It is similar to Oracle's ZFS, but lacks ZFS' more advanced features. It is also still in the developmental stage, not completely ready for prime time. But it is good enough for us to play with, to get to know it better before it's deemed ready for production. If this is completely new to you, btrfs, B-tree File System (pronounced Butter Tree F S), "is a new copy on write filesystem for Linux aimed at implementing advanced features while focusing on fault tolerance, repair and easy administration." In many respects, btrfs is similar to LVM's Volume Group. Imagine LVM on steroids (benefits of LVM) and you get a pretty good idea what btrfs brings to the table. ...
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Disk Encryption on Sabayon 5.3

SabayonOne of the most important features introduced in Sabayon 5.3, the latest release of the Gentoo-based Linux distribution, is Anaconda, the best installation program you will find on any Linux or BSD distribution. It's not perfect, but no other installation program offers the same enterprise-grade features that comes with it. It is the same installation program you'll find on Fedora 13. Basically, what the Sabayon team did is dump the old Sabayon installation program in favor of the Fedora 13 installer, the Anaconda. A very good decision because Sabayon users can now configure disk encryption a lot simpler than they were used to. ...
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Sabayon 5.3 installation guide

SabayonOne of the best features introduced in Sabayon 5.3, the latest upgrade to the Gentoo-based, multi-purpose Linux distribution is the installer. The old installer was dumped in favor of Anaconda, the Fedora 13 installation program. Aside from bringing enterprise-class storage features to Sabayon, Anaconda boots a lot faster than Sabayon's old installer, which had the unenviable reputation of being very slow and resource-intensive. With the new installation program, the old installation guides are of no use to new adopters. Hence the need for this guide which presents a very detailed description of the important steps involved. You'll find in this guide detailed explanations of the importance of disk encryption, bootloader password protection, and LVM disk space allocation. ...
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How to configure disk encryption on Sabayon 5.2

Sabayon  Disk encryption is one of five methods you can use to enhance the physical security posture of your computer (laptop, netbook, desktop or server). It enables you to protect your data in the event that your computer is ever lost or stolen. Sabayon's installer has had the disk encryption feature for some time, but it is not as simple and as elegant to configure as it is on Fedora. However, it works. The image below lets you see what happens any time you reboot a computer with disk encryption configured. Without inputting the correct passphrase at the prompt, you can not get to the login screen. And if the computer is ever lost or stolen, be rest assured that the thieves will also be denied access to the login screen, and to your data. ...
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Configure LVM on Sabayon Linux 4

Sabayon 4Sabayon Linux 4 is one of a handful of Linux distro that uses LVM as the default disk partitioning scheme. Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) is a feature built into the Linux kernel that brings some benefits to hard disk configuration and management under Linux that is not possible with the traditional method of disk management. It makes it possible to, for example, dynamically resize a logical volume (partition) on a running system. ...