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Through this Wiki, on several places you can find Documentations and visual tours about how to install, and use Sabayon Linux.

To give you a overview, all those articles are merged here, into one synoptic page.

System Requirements

  • Live Environment - No 3D Desktop:
    • i686 Processor
    • at least 512 MB of RAM (1 GB 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 512 MB of RAM (1 GB suggested)
    • an OpenGL capable 3D graphics card (mostly NVIDIA, ATI, Intel, VIA)
    • a DDC capable Monitor
    • mouse and keyboard
  • Installation:
Please note that the below Requirements can be a bit too low for some Desktop Environments.

A full KDE Desktop for example, CAN run with only 1 GB RAM, but you will most likely run out of memory during a session.

Especially when running programs, such as firefox or thunderbird. Please keep that in mind.
    • i686 Processor
    • at least 512 MB of RAM (1 GB 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+ GB is highly recommended.
    • 8 GB of free space for miniCD. 10+ GB 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

5. XFCE 
6. Enlightenment
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.

burning / checking the .iso image

please see: HOWTO:_Burn_Sabayon_from_Windows

For checking the integrity of the burned disc, please see:


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 ISOs, chances are that they will not start the Window Manager/Desktop Environment (see the flavors above), but rather present you with a black screen.

There is nothing wrong with the ISOs, 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

Installing Sabayon

For a installation guide, step-by-step, please see: En:Introduction#Installation_Guide:_Step_by_Step

We also offer a visual walkthrough about installing Sabayon, please see: Visual_Tour:_Installing_Sabayon


When installing, Sabayon offers a standard partitioning scheme using LVM, and leaves Windows partitions untouched.

If you wish to manually partition, or add mountpoints, please see: HOWTO:_Manual_Partitioning_with_Sabayon_Linux

For GPT partitioning: HOWTO:_Install_Sabayon_with_GRUB2_and_GPT_on_a_New_System

Advice on the hostname:


Dual boot with Windows

If you want to Dual boot with Windows, or first need to reduce the size of the existing partitions, please see: HOWTO:_Dual_boot_Sabayon_Linux_and_Windows

Install the Gentoo way





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