The popular Gentoo derivative, Sabayon has announced the immediate availability of version 8 of their “out of the box” distribution which has been running since 2005. With the many package updates and a host of new features aside, the distro has been transformed into the first ever “extreme-rolling release” according to the projects lead developer.
“During this cycle, we spent a lot of time optimizing critical packages at compiler level, ensuring unprecedented performances, tuning system responsivity under load and backporting power management patches,” said lead developer Fabio Erculiani posting on the official blog. It is “the first and best way to try a Gentoo-based Linux distribution at its full power, with all working out-of-the-box and no compilation needed at all.”
Sabayon 8 ships with the Linux 3.2 kernel, GCC 4.6 compiler, native Btrfs support, Java 7 and Entropy Framework 1.0_rc86. Desktop environment support comes from KDE 4.7.4, Gnome 3.2.2, Xfce 4.8 as well as Linux Mint’s very popular Cinnamon Gnome 3 desktop alternative and Razor Qt being made available in the repositories for those that wish to use them.
Other worthy updates listed in the release notes include LibreOffice 3.4.4, libav replaces ffmpeg and support has been added for IME and non-roman fonts as well as non-Latin languages at install time, as well as several bug fixes.
The new release is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions with specific builds for multiple desktop environments, including bare-metal (spinbase) releases, as well as server orientated versions.