A new version of Sabayon Linux is out this week and for new users, I think it offers a good entry point into the world of Gentoo (and Sabayon of course). Sabayon is a Gentoo Linux based distribution providing a slick user interface and the latest open source applications.
Gentoo Linux is a really solid source based Linux distribution that has been around for over 10 years, but it has always been a bit difficult to install (though it has gotten better in recent years thanks to a Gentoo installer). Sabayon itself seems to be all about making Gentoo more accessible, so it makes sense that the new release has a new installer. Though the new installer isn’t born from the Gentoo Linux project, it’s from Red Hat.
Sabayon Linux 5.3 is now using the Anaconda Linux installer, which is used in Fedora and has been a part of Red Hat Linux distributions for as long as I can remember. In my opinion, Anaconda is one of the reasons that helped make Red Hat popular in the late 90’s. The modern Anaconda has continued to improve and it makes for an easy yet powerful, installation experience.
It’s great to see open source at work isn’t it?