Hello to All and a Most Emphatic THANK YOU!!!
This message is being posted from the computer that was having the issue described in this thread. I am not using a live DVD.
The workaround of
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# sed -i 's/ifnet,//g' /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf
does repair the issue, but for some reason unknown to me it required multiple reboots
subsequent to the modification. As such, I am marking this issue as solved. For those not in the know about "sed", the above command removes the entry for "ifnet" from the NetworkManager.conf configuration file, so NetworkManager does not try looking for a library/file that it no longer needs. You could also accomplish this with a manual edit, but cutting/pasting/executing the instruction is likely a little safer.
On a very strange note, I want to relate what I did as part of my troubleshooting, since it may provide a hint of problems to come.
I used my other working computer to download the most recent Sabayon_Linux_14.01_amd64_KDE.iso image and burned it to DVD after verifying md5sum. I also verified the DVD to have an identical image to the correct ISO image. I then booted off that DVD. While the DVD provided the usual graphics one sees prior to choosing to either install or run the live DVD, once I selected to run the live DVD, it did not provide me with an X display. I was able to view the system through the "fall back" ttys. I then shutdown the system, removed the 14.01 DVD and loaded a Sabayon_Linux_10_amd64_K.iso image that was burned to DVD a long time ago. I booted off of that DVD and ran off the live DVD. I was provided with the full X capability. My graphics card is a Radeon 7700-series.
I keep up with weekly updates religiously. Frankly, I haven't freshly installed Sabayon to this system since either Sabayon 10 or 11 (or whenever Sabayon defaulted to the 3.8.0 kernel). I have not updated the kernel since 3.10.0, so if that is the cause of problem(s), then please let me know and also tell me where I might find written information describing the potential pitfalls of not upgrading from one kernel to the next. (Upgrading a kernel takes more time than I usually have, since I am running a few proprietary drivers.)
On a very positive note, it wasn't too long ago that I could not get the WLAN on my ASUS laptop working under Sabayon, but it now works through the miracle of weekly updates. A HUGE THANK YOU to the team!!! You guys rock!
THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!