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A source-based distro is a distro that compiles its programs from source code on the target computer at the time of installation, rather than relying on others to compile and package them. Source-based distros generally also have in their repositories some binary (pre-compiled) packages; these will be the large programs such as OpenOffice, the reason being that the compilation of these can take several hours.
 
A source-based distro is a distro that compiles its programs from source code on the target computer at the time of installation, rather than relying on others to compile and package them. Source-based distros generally also have in their repositories some binary (pre-compiled) packages; these will be the large programs such as OpenOffice, the reason being that the compilation of these can take several hours.
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====overlays====
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* Overlay: We have our own Portage overlay for ebuilds. Ebuilds are script files that contain instructions for the Portage package manager on how to install the package from its source code.
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* Performance:  We have modified the Portage make.conf file in order to ensure that our distribution will run at higher speed on newer computers and as fast as possible on older computers.
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* Variability: Again, we have modified make.conf in order to cater for a wide spectrum of hardware using the x86 and amd64 (x86_64) processor architectures.
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* Entropy: We have a binary manager that can be used as the one and unique package manager. It functions also with Portage so that you can use them both if you are an experienced user. The Entropy binary packages are ready-built and can be installed immediately without the need to compile anything from the source code.
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* The main branch of Gentoo is considered Gentoo stable. Sabayon is based on Gentoo's testing branch.
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* Sabayon has different versions ready for quick and pain free installation. The Gentoo installation is done from the ground up, relying on you to make all the configuration choices.
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* Gentoo has use flags. Sabayon will ignore use flags when using Entropy, but will apply the use flags when using portage.

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FAQs

General Questions regarding Sabayon Linux

What is Sabayon Linux

Sabayon Linux is based on the source-based distribution named Gentoo Linux http://gentoo.org. Gentoo is a particularly customizable distribution that we have used as our base to create a pre-configured distribution. If you have other questions on Gentoo and its philosophy, I request you visit their website. In particular, Sabayon is based on Gentoo's testing branch. Gentoo's testing branch is about on par with Debian's Sid (unstable branch) releases. Though based on the bleeding edge, you will find Sabayon is quite stable and perhaps more cutting edge. Both Sabayon and Gentoo are on rolling release cycle, but Sabayon will have release snapshots.

What is Sabayon Linux based on?

Sabayon Linux is based on, and emanates substantially from, Gentoo GNU/Linux(Gentoo testing). Gentoo Linux is one of the most popular source-based Linux distributions. As Ubuntu uses some of the packages from Debian, so Sabayon recieves its packages from Gentoo. In particular, Sabayon is based on Gentoo's testing branch. Gentoo's testing branch is about on par with Debian's Sid (unstable branch) releases. Though based on the bleeding edge, you will find Sabayon is quite stable and perhaps more cutting edge. Both Sabayon and Gentoo are on rolling release cycle, but Sabayon will have release snapshots.

Sabayon when using the package manager Entropy is binary based. (currently Sabayon has about 10,000 packages in Entropy)

Sabayon is, when using the package manager "Portage" source based. (the Gentoo repo is quite huge)

What is the difference between source-based and binary based distribution?

Most distros, such as Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat, Fedora and SUSE, install binary packages. Simply put, a binary package is the pre-compiled program, compiled on another computer and made available for download and installation on other computers.

A source-based distro is a distro that compiles its programs from source code on the target computer at the time of installation, rather than relying on others to compile and package them. Source-based distros generally also have in their repositories some binary (pre-compiled) packages; these will be the large programs such as OpenOffice, the reason being that the compilation of these can take several hours.

overlays

  • Overlay: We have our own Portage overlay for ebuilds. Ebuilds are script files that contain instructions for the Portage package manager on how to install the package from its source code.
  • Performance: We have modified the Portage make.conf file in order to ensure that our distribution will run at higher speed on newer computers and as fast as possible on older computers.
  • Variability: Again, we have modified make.conf in order to cater for a wide spectrum of hardware using the x86 and amd64 (x86_64) processor architectures.
  • Entropy: We have a binary manager that can be used as the one and unique package manager. It functions also with Portage so that you can use them both if you are an experienced user. The Entropy binary packages are ready-built and can be installed immediately without the need to compile anything from the source code.
  • The main branch of Gentoo is considered Gentoo stable. Sabayon is based on Gentoo's testing branch.
  • Sabayon has different versions ready for quick and pain free installation. The Gentoo installation is done from the ground up, relying on you to make all the configuration choices.
  • Gentoo has use flags. Sabayon will ignore use flags when using Entropy, but will apply the use flags when using portage.