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Sabayon Linux x86/x86-64 3.4 Loop 2: Development Release

Post by lxnay » Fri May 18, 2007 17:48

Press release: Sabayon Linux x86/x86-64 3.4 Loop 2 [Development Release]


May 18th, 2007 - The Internet:

"Sabayon is an Italian dessert made with egg yolks, sugar, a sweet liquor (usually Marsala wine), and sometimes cream or whole eggs. It is a very light custard, which has been whipped to incorporate a large amount of air." Source: Wikipedia.

ATTENTION: This is a Development Release.

What happened?
  • Cool Features:
  • Linux Kernel 2.6.21 featuring:
  • DeviceScape Wireless Stack (mac80211), including new wireless drivers
  • Gensplash support
  • SquashFS support
  • UnionFS support
  • MacTel support
  • Ext4 updates (with this kernel, ext4 filesystem name is exported as "ext4" and not as "ext4dev")
  • Advanced ThinkPad and SONY Laptops support
  • Intel i965 support
  • CFS v12 (scheduler - providing extra Desktop performance boost)
  • Suspend2 support
  • Compiz 0.5.2 pre-release as alternative option to Beryl 0.2.1 (still the default - you need to install desktop-acceleration-helpers 3.0 and re-enable XGL or AIGLX using Acceleration Manager)
  • New Sabayon Linux artwork (boot splash, wallpaper, window decorations)
  • Updated to Gentoo 2007.0 profile
  • Elisa Media Center Technology Preview (
  • Metisse Desktop Acceleration Technology Preview (NOT OFFICIALLY SUPPORTED)
  • Automatic timed login on the LiveDVD
  • Improved speed on early boot stages
  • Improved VIA OpenChrome driver support
  • MS Windows Autorun - featuring VMWare Player click and boot (no hassles, no need to reboot)

    Hardware Support:
  • Updated webcam gspca driver to 1.00.16 version
  • Added support for CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ac)
  • Updated ATi Drivers to 8.36.5
  • Updated X.Org to 7.3 release
  • Added Libertas Wireless Driver
  • Updated DVB Afatech 9005 drivers
  • Updated KVM to v.24
  • 2.6.21 Kernel with Device Scape mac80211 Wireless Stack

    Noticeable Applications:
  • 26-Apr-2007 Portage sync
  • Linux Kernel 2.6.21 with KVM v24
  • X.Org 7.3
  • KDE 3.5.6
  • GNOME 2.18.1
  • OpenOffice 2.2.0
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • WINE 0.9.37
  • Updated GeeXbox to 1.1 RC2
  • Added SMPlayer
  • Added Manslide
  • Added Hydrogen 0.9.4 from SVN (Qt4 powered)
  • Added Pidgin 2.0
  • Added Elisa Media Center as Technology Preview (substitute Freevo)
  • Added Google Picasa 2 (amazing!)
  • Updated Cairo to 1.4.6 (SPR and performance patches)
  • Updated Virt-Manager stack to 0.4.0 (see:
  • Out of the box, aspell (Spell checking) support for all the available languages

    Installer updates:
  • Added support for ext4 filesystem
  • Imported updates from upstream Anaconda Installer
  • Updated Anaconda to better handle new IDE libata based layer
  • RAID 10 Support

    Bug fixes:
  • ACX Wifi driver: re-enabled external module
  • Fixed keyboard repeat rate in VT and at KDM login
  • Fixed KDE Menu KickOff icon size at boot
RESOURCES for Sabayon Linux 3.4 Loop 2: HOW TO APPLY XDELTAs:
- First of all you need the 3.3 ISO (SabayonLinux-x86-3.3.iso for example)
- You must have xdelta installed (on Sabayon it is already installed, otherwise: emerge xdelta)
- You need a Unix-Like Operating System (xdelta, md5sum, stat and split are the utils that you need)
- Step 1 - Splitting the current ISO:
- get its size: stat SabayonLinux-x86-3.3.iso
- divide the shown size by two
- run split: split -d -b (size divided by two - in bytes!) SabayonLinux-x86-3.3.iso SabayonLinux-x86-3.3.iso.0
- Step 2 - Creating new ISO parts:
- now download: sl-x86-3.3-to-3.4.loop2b-0.xdelta and sl-x86-3.3-to-3.4.loop2b-1.xdelta
- run xdelta: xdelta patch sl-x86-3.3-to-3.4.loop2b-0.xdelta SabayonLinux-x86-3.3.iso.000 SabayonLinux-x86-3.4.Loop2b.iso.000
- run xdelta: xdelta patch sl-x86-3.3-to-3.4.loop2b-1.xdelta SabayonLinux-x86-3.3.iso.001 SabayonLinux-x86-3.4.Loop2b.iso.001
- Step 3 - Merge ISO:
- run: cat SabayonLinux-x86-3.4.Loop2b.iso.00* > SabayonLinux-x86-3.4.Loop2b.iso
- Step 4 - verify the checksum:
- download SabayonLinux-x86-3.4.Loop2b.iso.md5
- put it in the same directory of SabayonLinux-x86-3.4.Loop2b.iso
- run: md5sum -c SabayonLinux-x86-3.4.Loop2b.iso.md5 (from the ISO directory)
- Step 5 - burn !:
- fire up K3B and burn your new ISO !

  • As of linux kernel 2.6.19, all hard drives are seen as sd* through SCSI emulation. As such, our installer compensates for this and does its best to query your hardware set up and properly set grub and fstab during installation time. You must upgrade your installer for the latest fixes. If you run into problems with this, please file a bug report at
  • This distribution contains libdvdcss look here if you live in the U.S. !.
  • This distribution contains proprietary and non-GPL softwares too (like from NVIDIA, ATI, Google, etc). Before running them, be sure to read their license and agree with that, otherwise, just remove those applications. To run SabayonLinux without Proprietary drivers, just use "noproprietary" boot flag.
  • When you exit ColdWar or Sauerbraten the System will shut down automatically.
  • Trademarks are property of their respective owners, everywhere.
Using this feature, you can upgrade any Gentoo-based installation (Gentoo, VLOS, RR4, RR64) to the latest SabayonLinux without losing your personal data and settings. Our Team, however, will only actively support the upgrades using SabayonLinux as base.
Also, you can:
  • 6th senseing your running system: installed packages will be updated to the ones on the DVD and the conflicting ones automatically removed.
  • You can fix your current installation by choosing to reinstall every package, This will take a lot of time but will resurrect your SabayonLinux installation in cases of hard damaging.
  • You could (even if it's not so much tested) even upgrade your 32bit installation to a powerful 64bit one (but not the contrary) by using the function described above.
  • You can re-configure/reinstall your GRUB (Boot) settings/ without touching any configuration file and/or command line.
Last edited by lxnay on Thu May 31, 2007 21:20, edited 1 time in total.
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Post by lxnay » Mon May 21, 2007 10:01

update: added xdelta links.
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