Visual Tour: Installing Sabayon

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Welcome to the visual tour of CoreCDX.

CoreCDX is a very minimalistic cd that comes with the Fluxbox GUI. It's meant for advanced users that want to take full control of what they want to have installed. It comes ready to work with entropy or portage right out of the box, and Xorg installed and configured.

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This is the first screen you are greeted with. I'm going to go a head and select the graphical installation and walk thru that. Console mode will give you a fully working command line interface and can be very handy for a rescue cd.

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After making my selection I get to see the nice artwork.

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Here we see some of the behind the scenes booting

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Now we are back to the beautiful boot up splash

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Now we are fully booted and ready to run the installer. Note that the password for root account is root. If you are in console mode, it's the same also.

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The install process is a no brainer, pick the correct info and enter the correct info - very simple. Pick Your Language

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Pick Your Keyboard Layout - Note: You can use the tab button to rotate around the options and the Space Bar can be use for selecting with * options.

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Here you are gonna tell it to install Sabayon Linux

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Select Ok

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Now we come to the section of preparing the harddrive for install. You can either do a Auto or Manual Partition. The choice is up to you, for this I choose automatic.

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Here I want to remove all my existing stuff. Make the choice that suits you.

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My Warning Box and yes I am, so I click on OK

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Here is what the AutoPartition has picked for me, I just simple have to hit Ok, pretty painless

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On to setting up Grub, if you have an exising Grub, you can select no and just add the CoreCD entry to it.

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If you need to make any changes to the Grub line entry, here is your chance.

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If you want to add a password to your Grub, here is your chance

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Pick the default Boot

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Pick where you want to install Grub too

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Setup your network, I'm good with DHCP

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This is important, this sets your host name. So I pick manual and give it a unique name

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Pick your timezone

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Enter the password you want for your root account

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Setup your User account

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If you need to setup more user accounts, this is where you would do that.

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Time to relax, you made it through the hard part.

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I can sit back and watch what it is doing, right now it is setting up the partitions and formating.

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Getting ready for actual install, might have a slight pause here, just let it do it's thing

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Flying right along, install is short and painless

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Woot! Super! Pat yourself on the back

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Simply enter reboot and your computer will reboot to your Grub, don't forget to remove the cd on restart

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As promised, Grub menu

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Booting up your freshly installed Sabayon CoreCD

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You are fully booted up, Congrat!

I suppose you are wondering what to do first. First you need to decide what package manager system you are going to use. I would recommend doing something like this, update the package managers first. Start with entropy:

    # su
    # equo update && equo install entropy equo

Now we can do portage:

    # emerge --sync && layman -S

It's vital to learn package manager - Please see:

Entropy and HOWTO: The Complete Portage Guide. 

Remember this release is based on branch 4 and at this point and time we are in the process of getting Branch 5 out to the public. So you may need to do an equo hop 5 to get to Branch 5 pending on when you actually downloaded this and if Branch 5 is up and running. I just mention this so you can keep it in your mind. You can certainly use Branch 4 for now to get stuff installed and worry about Branch 5 later. To get to Branch 5

    # equo hop 5 && equo update && equo install entropy equo && equo world

Some notes about emerge -uDN world - there is a couple issues as of right now. This is due to Portage being a head of Sabayon, so be prepared to work out a couple issues with this. With the default Sabayon Linux config files I ran into:

1. a circular dependency with libsndfile and jack-audio-connection-kit:

    # USE="-jack" emerge libsndfile 

2. a couple of blocks:

    # emerge -C virtual/perl-Compress-Zlib virtual/perl-IO-Compress-Base virtual/perl-IO-Compress-Zlib perl-core/IO-Compress-Zlib perl-core/IO-Compress-Base perl-core/Compress-Zlib
    # emerge -uaDN world

Now of course the proper thing to do is to setup your config files, rebuild all packages and than build your system. This will save you from conflicts with portage. The better you can config your files, the easier time you will have.

3. Also note that you will end up upgrading python as you use portage, so when done updating, don't forget to run:

    # python-updater

4. More than likely you are gonna need the kernel sources for stuffs

    # uname -r

to find your kernel version, than specify the version when u do install

    # equo install linux-sabayon


    # emerge sabayon-sources

so for example if my uname -r shows .29 kernel

    # equo install sys-kernel/linux-sabayon-2.6.29#2.6.29-sabayon


    # emerge =sabayon-sources-2.6.29

Feel free to upgrade your kernel if there is a newer one, just don't forget to build it and reinstall your modules

We hope you enjoy this very minimal cd version.