Posts tagged beta
Sabayon 5.1 has had some major changes to the entropy system, which is the binary package manager and vital to your system. The first thing you want to do is get your /etc/entropy/repositories.conf updated to the latest URLS. This effects everybody by the way, even if you are rolling along with all updates. Here is a simple way to do it:
- 1. as user type su and enter root password
2. cd /etc/entropy/
3. mv /etc/entropy/repositories.conf /etc/entropy/repositories.old
4. wget http://wolf911.us/sabayon/files/repositories.conf
5. equo update –force
Now if you just did a fresh install, skip number 5 step and do this instead:
- equo update –force && equo install entropy equo –nodeps && equo upgrade
Note -> that is two dashes/hyphens not one dash used, for instance – - force instead of -force
If you are running the testing repo called Limbo, you can add them in repositories.conf file with
repository|sabayon-limbo|Sabayon Linux Limbo Repository|http://pkg.sabayonlinux.org/entropy|http://pkg.sabayonlinux.org
You should than be set to go again with the testing branch. Remember this branch can and will break systems.
This will all be fixed in 5.2. Why was this done? It helps us stabilize entropy to make it better for our users. Thanks to your donations we can bring better services to you. Have you guys noticed the speed of entropy lately? I’m loving that speed! We are getting close to a 1.0 release and it just gets better each day. Thanks to Fabio for his hard work. Please donate if you can to help us to continue to grow. We have a big upcoming project to undertake, possibly new installer written from scratch. Fabio will keep us informed on that idea.
We have reached Sabayon 5.2 RC1 and is currently under testing. The testing cycle is moving along very quickly. I think there maybe some confusion as to BFS scheduler, it is not going to be default, it will be a (M) module status. As far as a release date of 5.2, still looking at end of March, first part of April, keep fingers crossed.
Another update here on the release cycle of 5.0 for all our thrilled fans. Beta 1 of Gnome and KDE has been released to testers. We will be in this phase till about Sept. 2nd as Fabio is taking vacation till than. Once he gets back, we will than look at the issues to hammer out a beta 2. So far I have only gotten to try out the gnome edition. So we are kinda looking at least the middle of Sept before a final version will be out and for sure by the end of Sept, knock on wood.
I don’t know if everyone has seen this yet, but Shake0 has produced an awesome Sabayon 5.0 promo video. Be sure to check it out. I would love to see an artwork package that evolved around it.
I’m going to stress once again that Branch 5 is still only for experienced users. We can not support users on Branch 5 as things can and will break till fixed. One of the things you may have experienced lately is booting issues. A change to grub.conf is needed.
# sed -i ‘s/CONSOLE=\/dev\/tty1/console=tty1/g’ grub.conf
So for me I had to change CONSOLE=/dev/tty1 to console=tty1. Make sure you are always running the latest version of entropy also as it’s always changing too. Branch 5 is one busy place, even the testers are going whoa. Super bang up job tho!
The artwork isn’t anything final yet, so bare with that. A quick snapshot of Gnome Beta 1 5.0. I’m not sure what changes will be implemented yet, but it’s being worked on. Like I mentioned, I liked the idea of matching the promo video better myself.
Joost brought up the idea of artwork to match the promo and I thought that would be cool and it just so happens that I had just taken a picture out in the woods on one of my walks. So I thought I would do a few quick adjustments just to see what it would look like.
I’m not a fan of green but I do like it and think it goes well with the promo video. Of course this is just my opinion, but I think the potential to do it is there.
Anyway, as I mention in the last post about the installer changes, here is the list again:
- added i18n support
- simplified user configuration window
- ported to Python 2.6
- more code cleanup and started kudzu removal
- Encryption support through dm-crypt (LUKS — AES algorithm) working
for LVM and plain partitions
- several minor bug fixes
Well, think that about does it for this update. Stay tuned for more progress.
Once again Sabayon Linux is looking to grow. We are looking for a small group of 30 people or so to do beta testing. We’ll have a mailing list and irc room setup for the group to use.
Are you interested in helping test new isos, software and have the time to put into it?
Wanna have more input on what goes into Sabayon Linux?
Than this is your chance to join the team. We are looking for people that are familiar with Sabayon Linux, not afraid to use the commandline, know where to find log files and can submit reports. Experience is a plus and we will have a few people to help mentor you to get you going. English speaking will be required for irc and mail list. You will be testing and reporting on stuff before Public testing/release. This is to kill off any obvious issues missed by the dev team.
This opportunity will fill up fast and will come on a first come first serve bases and experience will trump. Contact me via email at wolfden @ sabayonlinux . org and provide the following information.
1. How long have you been using Sabayon Linux and or other Linux distro?
2. Have you done any beta testing before?
3. Are you proficient with command line commands?
4. Do you know what nano and vi are?
5. Do you know xdelta?
6. What else if anything can you offer? example programming skills. We ask this in case we discover any potential dev people.
We look forward to hearing from you and growing our team. Please provide a valid means of contact so we can contact you with details.
Gentoo rolled out the beta on April 1st and so I decided I would give the livedvd a whirl and see what they have done and include some screen shots. It came with a load of desktops like xfce, gnome, enlightenment, kde, and afterstep to just to name a few. I couldn’t get the E-Gnome to work and enlightenment was only e16 still, which is just god awful compared to e17. They kept everything minimal and ugly. The desktops are all bare bone, no fancy themes or colors, not even a Gentoo logo for wallpaper. No nvidia drivers so I was stuck running the wrong resolution for my 1440×900 screen. You don’t even get flash or java either, which makes web browsing a real downer. It was smooth and very responsive for a livedvd tho. Things opened up very quickly and things seemed really stable. It has version KDE 3.5.8 and Gnome 2.20.0, so obviously stable branch. It was weird to see those version after running ~arch for so long. Anyway, for beta1, it’s got great potential. You can download and give it a test drive also. I had the livedvd downloaded in a couple hours with bittorrent.
godane has posted on the Arch Linux forum of an Arch Linux livecd that he has been working on. He has a SourceForge page with information that you can check out and download the latest iso file. I figured I would give it a whirl and see what it was all about. I have to say, it’s fast, lean and runs the XFCE desktop, which is a highly customizable desktop that is light weight. It’s a great alternative to KDE or Gnome.
It’s a work in progress and it’s doing very well. It’s lightening fast on my AMD X2 5600+. Sound, networking and video all working out of the box. I had a little problem with the dell desktop, but all I had to do was edit the xorg.conf file and restart X and it was good. I just had to comment out the modelines to get correct resolution. The download is just a little over 400mbs so it don’t take long to get this one up and running. Keep in mind this project is beta and is well worth keeping an eye on.