I'm currently running Kubuntu on a Dell Inspiron 600m, and as impressed as I am with the Ubuntu team, I don't get the impression that their KDE implementation is as well put together as their flagship (i.e., GNOME) product. I'm interested in switching to Sabayon because it seems like a very nicely done KDE distro and because I like the Gentoo approach to package management.
Unfortunately, I'm a bit stuck. I have the 3.26 Live DVD (I downloaded it a while ago), and it runs well on my machine except for one problem: as soon as it boots, the sound volume drops down to 0% (as if someone was holding down the "volume down" button) and stays there. Even if I try to turn it back up, it just drops down to 0 again. What's worse, the Volume indicator stays right there in the middle of the screen, and just won't go away. I'm sure there's a solution to this problem, but I'm just not comfortable installing Sabayon on my machine until I know what it is.
I thought I might try a newer version, so I downloaded the 3.4 loop 3 DVD ISO file, and this is where my second problem comes up. The only machine I have with a DVD burner is running Windows 2000, and NTFS (at least on Win2K) can't handle file sizes over 2GB. The 3.4 ISO is a 4+GB file. So there goes that option.
I thought of trying the Mini Edition Live CD, so I downloaded that (even though the latest one available is only 3.3). It runs OK, but it can't get a screen resolution greater than 1024x768. Again, I'm sure there's a solution to this, but I'm not comfortable installing it until I know what the solution might be. Although I wasn't as impressed with the KDE implementation on the mini edition; I thought that the 3.26 full edition was much more aesthetically pleasing.
So I'm at a standstill. I'd be happy installing 3.26, and upgrading packages as needed, but only if I know how to solve this stuck sound volume problem. Alternatively, I'd like to burn the 3.4 DVD if there's any way I can get it onto my Win2K machine. (I'm storing it on a Linux file server on my local network right now.)