I have been a full time user
of Sabayon Linux with "generally" good satisfaction for past eight years.
However recent releases have been less stable than most of the earlier versions, and I am experiencing many problems with latest 13.04 X86_64 KDE updated at - June 24th, 2013.
If I can solve these particular problems satisfactoryily in very short time, I would not move from Sabayon to any other distribution. Please note that hardware in question works "perfectly" with PCLinuxOS KDE AMD64, Mageia 2, NetRunner 12.12 X86-64 and other distributions. It is a Dell Dimension P4 3.0 ghz X64 CPU, with 4G DDR2 RAM, 500GB SATA2 HD, DVD+-RW Optical Drive. Exact same problems existed with HP Z worktation, with Intel i7 3.2ghz, 16GB DDR3 RAM, similar storage as Dell.
The ISO discs ( burned at least three) check out OK! Even after several (4) installs, the following issues remain.
1. After install, when I click on 'Device Notidier' in taskbar to see the USB connected external hard drives, the notifier is blank. I must check these USB connections via Dolphin.
2. When installing widgets in top or bottom panel, the first 2 or 3 times the widget icon shows a red box with X and indicates an "unknown widget". The fourth time the widget icons shows correctly and works properly.
3. For several recent Sabayon releases - from 9 till 13X, when I attempt to install the "World Clock" widget, the panels, task bar completely disappear, with no panel remaining. When I try reinstalling a new Panel, it is place at "top" of screen and I cannot find method to install new panel on bottom as in default install.
4. In last two weeks, when booting from previous day when Sabayon was working relatively problem-free, no KDE login or desktop appeared, and I was presented with Sabayon 'splash' image background and a command line
These continual, persistent, and reproduceable problems are not satisfactory. Please help.
I have been a regular GNU/Linux user for more than fourteen years, and actually taught Linux basics at New York City technology organization and represented Suse GmbH as reseller before the Novell purchase. While I am not a Gentoo 'expert', I am quite familiar with GNU/Linux and FreeBSD in most circumstances.
Any help is appreciated, as I do strongly prefer Sabayon.
New Jersey, USA