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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Sabayon is a Gentoo Linux-based, multi-purpose distribution. Previous releases of Sabayon came in one huge DVD iso image with the option to install your favorite desktop. However, the latest release is available in iso images distinguished by desktop environments. For example, we have Sabayon 4.x KDE, Sabayon 4.x Gnome, etc. This review is based on Sabayon 4.2 KDE. A future review will focus on Sabayon 4.2 Gnome.
Now, come with me, let’s see what Sabayon 4.2 KDE has to offer.
Installation: Sabayon features a beautiful graphical installer that offers more install options than is available on any other distro. You could choose to install any number of systems – desktop, core (server), and even to a UMPC (netbooks, etc). In terms of the install options, no other distro makes it this easy. If you are a power user and are more comfortable performing a text-based installation, there is an option for you, too.
Desktop: Sabayon desktop features a very beautiful desktop background. This is the quality of desktop background PCLinuxOS should aim for. The menu, using the kick-off style, is very well organized. You will find the applications you need where you expect them to be. Everything written about the menu on Pardus 2009 (also a KDE-based distro) applies here.