Visual Tour: Installing Sabayon

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Welcome to the visual tour of Installing Sabayon.

In this Visual walk through we are using the CoreCDX Edition., but you can use any Sabayon Edition.

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 with Xorg installed and configured.

This visual walk through will guide you through the (graphical) install process.

This is a Universal install, which means it's exactly the same on every ISO., whether you've downloaded the CoreCDX, KDE, Gnome, or Mate version.
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This is the first screen that you will see. I'm going to select the graphical installation.

Console mode will give you a fully working command line interface and can be very useful to create a rescue cd.

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After making my selection the system is booting. Boot messages are hidden by default,

but you can always display them by hitting the ALT-F2 key combination.

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Now we are booted into the default Desktop. If you are in console mode,

the username is root, and passwordless, so just hit enter.

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The Anaconda Installer, select the language you would like to use during the installation.

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Select your keyboard layout.

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Chose which type of devices on which you would like to install Sabayon.

Generally you select basic storage devices.

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Enter the hostname.

You can choose to enable, or disable the firewall (ufw)

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Select your time-zone. Anaconda offers to zoom in, or out, to make it easier to select your time-zone.

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Enter the root password. twice. Be sure to remember the password.

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Enter your (non root) user-name and password. Also twice.

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The Partitioning scheme.... Replace the existing Linux system(s) is also chosen by default.

If you have a multi-boot with Windows, this is the safest thing to choose, as it leaves the vfat/ntfs partitions untouched.

Please read all the options carefully, and be careful before you select another option,

and be sure to select the check-box, on the bottom, left corner, next to: Review and modify Partitioning layout,

as it allows you to modify the current chosen partitioning scheme.

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This is your last chance to modify your partitions.

When you hit next, Anaconda will ask you to confirm and format the partitions.

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Confirm, and format the chosen partitioning layout.

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Select here to write the changes to Disc.

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Install the boot-loader, normally /dev/sda if not, you can change it here.

Users with a GPT partitioning, have to choose their active partition, mostly /boot

as GPT does NOT use a Master Boot Record.

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Installing Sabayon onto your Computer.

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Congratulations. The install has finished, reboot.

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After rebooting you will be presented with your Sabayon Desktop.

Open xterm, (by right clicking the desktop, and select xterm)

login as root, and update the Repositories, by entering: equo update.

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If, like me' you prefer more eyecandy install "terminal" a lightweight, Desktop Environment independent terminal,

fully customizable. equo install terminal

Now you need to decide what package manager system you are going to use. I would recommend to start with entropy:

   # su
   # equo update && equo install entropy equo

Or you could select portage (generally recommended for more advanced users):

   # emerge --sync && layman -S

It's vital to learn how to work with the package managers - Please see:



You can upgrade the kernel if there is a newer one available using Kernel_Switcher on the command-line:


We hope you enjoy this very minimal cd version.