Sabayon Linux Definitely Has a Personality All to Its Own12:47 PM
Portage is extremely complicated. So complicated I can hardly see myself using it on a regular basis. Right now there is one ebuild I want to install that is driving me bat crazy trying to install it, even with help from the Sabayon Linux forums. I'm afraid I will never get GPaste back on my system and will have to settle for Parcellite, which is ok but I miss GPaste!
Sabayon Linux has confirmed a Gnome bug for me. I suspected the bug originated with Gnome itself and not Fedora, but seeing that same bug in Sabayon Linux has proved it for me. This is what I have nicknamed the Activities search bug. If any Gnome Shell theme is installed other than Adawaita and you do a search in Activities, Gnome Shell freezes after the first letter is typed. For a while I stubbornly stuck to my Zukitwo theme, but now I've settled for Adawaita just for the sake of being able to search the Activities menu.
Now here's the real tripper of a bug. When I log in, my wireless connection doesn't start automatically. First it asks for my keyring password, then it asks for my administrator password, then it asks for the network password. Every single time, even though it's set to connect automatically.
The most annoying bug, also a bug that I experienced in Fedora 16, is the lack of a battery status indicator on my netbook. This has led to me leaving it plugged in all the time because I can't possibly know when my battery is running low. I assume this is a problem in Gnome and not distribution specific as so far every distribution with Gnome 3.2 has a bug filed on it.
I'm a real trooper through all of this though. I'm determined to make Sabayon Linux work for me. Why? Because despite the bugs, two of which I can't get away from anyways unless I downgrade or change desktop environments, this operating system is quite simply awesome. It's fast, it has all the major software I normally find myself installing manually, the forums are helpful and don't treat me like I'm an idiot, the wiki is complete and well organized, and it was the first Live USB distribution I used in which I could do all my blog editing without downloading additional software (like Gimp).
Don't worry Bodhi fans - I still have Bodhi installed on my desktop. But Gnome 3.2 is just more practical for the small screen of my netbook (and I hate the Bodhi netbook setup so don't even mention it - it's more for tablets than it is netbooks).
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- Links 23/10/2011: Qt Liberty, Sabayon Linux 7 Reviewed (techrights.org)
- Adventures with Sabayon Linux (xjonquilx.co.cc)
- Sabayon 7 review - the most complete out-of-the-box Linux? (xjonquilx.co.cc)
- Sabayon 7 Brings Linux Heaven (ostatic.com)