Sabayon Linux Minimal 14.10
Availability, supported platforms, boot options
The Minimal edition of Sabayon Linux is designed from the ground up to provide users with a minimalistic environment powered by the Fluxbox window manager, despite the fact that it is distributed as Live CD ISO images of approximately 1GB in size.
Sabayon Linux is also distributed as KDE, GNOME, Xfce and SpinBase editions, released every month, and compatible only with the 64-bit architectures. The ISO images are hybrid, which means that they can be written to USB flash drives or DVD discs.
The Ubuntu-style boot prompt lets users to start the operating system with default settings, without installing anything on their computers, or in safe, debug or console modes. In addition, it can be used to run a memory diagnostic test or install the distribution on a local disk drive.
Minimal desktop environment with a minimal set of apps
As mentioned, the distribution features a minimalistic graphical session, using the Fluxbox window manager. It comprises of a single panel located on the bottom edge of the screen, from where users can interact with running apps, as well as to switch between virtual workspaces.
The main menu can be accessed by right clicking anywhere on the desktop. Default applications include the XTerm terminal emulator, Lynx web browser, ALSA mixer, Top system monitoring utility, nano text editor, as well as a VNC viewer.
The main purpose of the Sabayon Linux Minimal edition is to provide users with a minimal and clean operating system, which uses the latest Gentoo technologies.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on October 1st, 2014
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- Linux Kernel 3.12.5 with BFQ iosched, updated external ZFS filesystem support, GNOME 3.10.3, KDE 4.11.4, Xfce 4.10, LibreOffice 4.1.3, UEFI SecureBoot support for 64 bit images (with bundled UEFI shell), systemd as default init system, a greatly improved version of the Entropy package manager supporting concurrent activities (like parallel installation of applications) and PackageKit 0.8.x support with backend parallelization enabled. Last but not really least, the integration of Steam and a new install profile called Steam Big Picture mode (also improperly known as SteamBox on my blog) that turns your computer into a powerful Linux gaming machine.
- These are just some of the awesome things you will find inside the box.
Application descriptionSabayon Linux Minimal is an open source edition of Sabayon Linux that provides a minimalistic environment for those o...