En:Beginners Guide

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This document will guide you through the process of installing Sabayon Linux.

System Requirements

  • Live Environment - No 3D Desktop:
    • i686 Processor
    • at least 512MB of RAM (1GB suggested)
    • a 2D graphics card
    • a DDC capable Monitor
    • mouse and keyboard
  • Live Environment - 3D Desktop:
    • i686 Processor (starting from AMD K6 and Intel Pentium II)
    • at least 512MB of RAM (1GB suggested)
    • an OpenGL capable 3D graphics card (mostly NVIDIA, ATI, Intel, VIA)
    • a DDC capable Monitor
    • mouse and keyboard
  • Installation:
    • i686 Processor
    • at least 512MB of RAM (1GB suggested for decent eyecandy effects)
    • an OpenGL capable 3D graphics card (mostly NVIDIA, ATI, Intel, VIA)
    • 20 GB of free space, that is bare minimum DVD Install. 30+ Gig is highly recommended.
    • 8GB of free space for miniCD. 10+ Gig is recommended
    • Internet connection (not mandatory but highly suggested)
    • a DDC capable Monitor
    • mouse and keyboard

The live CD/DVD

What Editions are available in Sabayon Linux ?

Sabayon is all about choice. You have many flavors to choose from.

The following choices are the main releases available in 32bit(x86) or 64bit(amd64):

1. KDE

KDE is a full feature release.

2. Gnome

Gnome is a full feature release

3. LXDE
4. MATE
5. XFCE 
6. Enlightment
7. CoreCDX
CoreCDX is a minimal install for those wishing to configure the system more to their liking,
(for more advanced users) in 32bit or 64bit., and uses the Fluxbox Window Manager.

Passwords on live CD/DVD

  • The root password:

no password is required: just press the Enter key.

  • The sabayonuser password:

no password is required: just press the Enter key.


  • For older releases (version 6 and earlier) the password for Root is "root" (without the quotes),

and the password for Sabayonuser is "sabayonuser" (without the quotes).

Visual walkthrough Booting process

Please see: Visual_Tour:_Boot-menu_Sabayon_LiveCD/DVD

When having a old NVidia card, and downloaded latest ISO's, chances are that they will not start the WM/DE, but rather present you with a black screen.

There is nothing wrong with the ISO's, it is because "nvidia-drivers-304.64" or higher is installed by default.

You can bypass that by hitting ctrl-alt-f1, remove the nvidia-drivers, (nouveau is installed too)

and restart xdm:

/etc/init.d/xdm restart

For a overall view of which cards support what driver., please see:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_32667.html


The following visual tour will show you how to edit Xorg.conf: Visual_Tour:_Part_2_Editing_the_xorg.conf

Troubleshooting