Posts tagged entropy
Some concerns that I am seeing repeatedly as of lately. I lost count of how many times I saw the question of how to fix the square font issue. A simple search of the word square on the Sabayon forum will give you the solution. Please do:
- equo install x11-libs/gdk-pixbuf x11-libs/gtk+:2 x11-libs/gtk+:3 x11-libs/pango
Re-installing pango should be enough, but others may need more, hence the above command.
Some reports of images not showing up in the web browser. Please do:
- equo remove media-libs/jpeg-8d –nodeps
- equo install media-libs/libjpeg-turbo
It’s great to see people using the forum, but please search a bit before making a new post and save us some work of not having to merge all the same topics.
So with that out of the way, where is Sabayon 11. Sabayon 11 will be arriving shortly if all goes well. Sabayon 11 will be a release of current status, so if you have been rolling along with your updates, you have current status. Sabayon 11 will be for those looking to do a fresh install.
I’ve also been seeing a lot of various discussion about entropy packages. Things like why are packages dropped, when packages will be added and stable vs testing. I wish there was an easy answer for this as there can be several reasons why a package is dropped or when it will be added or upgraded. From upstream to portage to build to unwanted behavior can cause some of the reasons. Remember, Sabayon runs on testing branch of portage, even tho we have 3 repos, they all are still testing branch packages. The purpose of our 3 repos is to provide some stability with weekly repo being less likely to have issues. Hopefully the issues have been weeded out as they passed from limbo to main to weekly. Packages never change a so called status of testing to stable. I’ve been running a gentoo system for several moons now and have run from the testing branch with very seldom having an issue. So entropy team works hard at taking on this task to produce a “bleeding edge” distro with a bit of sanity to it all. With all the hardware, software out there and a forever changing upstream, it can be a real challenge.
So anyway, keep rolling along with the punches and keep your eye out for the Sabayon 11 isos to be hitting the mirrors soon.
I’ve seen a couple of recent posts lately and the topic comes up from time to time about updates. It’s tough to please people and updates. It’s either too often or not enough it seems. Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is. There could be updates everyday, it don’t matter to me and I never question if I do an equo update and it says I’m current. Some get a bit nervous when they don’t see updates and start thinking something is broke. There is a simple solution to put your worries at rest. I love RSS, borderline rss junkie even. So all you have to do is load up your favorite rss reader and put in the package update rss. These can be found on the mirrors.
So for example, a weekly x86_64 user can use the following link
A weekly x86 user can use:
Now you can follow along and see when and what was all dumped into the repo. I like to use google reader as than I can access my rss feeds from any where. Click image to make bigger.
Simple enough to put your worries to rest. Some more feeds:
Feel free to use the mirror of your choice http://sabayon.org/mirrors RSS can also be used with our gits. For example our
entropy git - http:
artwork git - http:
You can find the various git stuff here - https://git.sabayon.org/
Soon you will be collecting rss from other sites and growing your list till it’s out of control. No excuse for not knowing what is going on.
In the process of rearranging the site, in-case you didn’t notice the new skin, I wanted to add some more youtube videos of Sabayon Linux, but quickly noticed that our users have been slacking on getting videos up to youtube. So I want to give a shout-out to all you creative people out there running Sabayon, lets get some current Sabayon youtube videos up. Toss in a good tune to go along with the video to get the person viewing it a head boppin. We have the KDE and Gnome editions as our main ones, but we got spins out there also. I would like to see a variety, but I would just be happy with something with 5.4. It’s a good way to spread the awesomeness of Sabayon, nothing like seeing some cool video and thinking, I got to get that. Right now I got 5 youtube videos that are suppose to be random in the side bar, but I found I got to refresh the page a couple of times to get a different video. If you do make a video, give my a shout and I will add it to the random 5 for rotation here. Remember, creativity and good music is the key. Someday I will give it a try myself if I can figure out how to add the music to the video. So far, all mine have been the boring silent type.
I got some more wallpapers added to the wallpapers page finally. I’m usually watching out amongst the community for people posting wallpapers and add them to the collection. Got a Sabayon wallpaper to share, give me a shout, be glad to add it. The forum thread of Show Off Your Desktop has gotten some really great posts lately. One my favorites was posted by pissnaround, I like what he did there. I think he could use a different username, but meh. Maybe if I let him keep his username, he’ll post his wallpaper, ehehe. Anyway, if you want to boast about your desktop looks, head over to the forum and add yours to the existing thread. It’s always nice to see creativity in the community.
Joost posted an interesting blog post and made me chuckle. It don’t seem to matter what you are into, but at times it’s so easy to come up with something and say that is a great idea and than when you make it happen, you soon discover oops, I didn’t think that through clearly. If you watch upstream it can actually get pretty hairy when someone bumps something and if you bump someone else’s package, better have a flame suit on cause someone is gonna show up on your door step calling you out. Entropy team sees and watches this behavior the most. Decisions have to be made as to what and when to bump certain packages in entropy, but they always have the communities best interest in mind. Users may request a certain package to be rebuilt with different USE flags, entropy team does look into that, but can’t always grant the wish as it has too many other effects. A user can always use portage to rebuild a package, just understand what you are doing first and for the most part, should be ok. It’s not an easy task to please everyone as we all need and use our computers for different things. It’s relaxing to know that there is people working behind the scene to provide you with packages that won’t melt your system to a small pile of rubbish. Hiccups and boo boos do happen, but they do work hard to reverse those also.
Here is an interesting fact by the way. Top 3 countries with users using Sabayon Linux? Who would be your first guess at the top? I was kinda surprised, but those Germans really like Sabayon it appears. Sehr Gut! is probably what they are saying while sitting at their computers. My German is so rusty, took two years of it in high school many moons ago as that is where my ancestors came from. No, it wasn’t a one room school house back than either. 2nd goes to Italy and 3rd goes to USA. Let’s keep rockin the world people!
It must be about time for an update, tough to blog when summer is here. 5.3 is in the works and is at a RC2 status. Some of the changes include bug fixes of course, btrfs support, mono removed from grub and installer fixes. Keep in mind that btrfs is very young in development and should not be used in a stable environment. I did try it out in a virtual box setting and it seemed to work good for the little bit of time I worked with it. Mitch follows the progress of it and has been a good source for information. It sounds like in kernel 2.6.36 things will even be better for btrfs. I’ll have to try and keep an eye on it myself, seems promising.
We do have on the public mirrors a weekly build that anyone can download and test. We do have a special forum section setup for discussion, reporting, etc. You can also use our dev-ML to report stuff. You can also use our bugzilla, just make the proper selection when reporting. When reporting, please give as much information as you can, including any and all logs, version and how to reproduce. If we don’t get enough information we have to dismiss the report, which is frustrating to the devs and to the users. If you are interested in helping the community and devs, this is a great opportunity to test and report. We started out with daily isos for testing, but it consumes a lot to do that, so we decided to go weekly. It sounds like every Sunday at 5AM, (GMT+1, currently UTC+0200) a new iso will be available. If things change, we will let yas know. I do hope to see more users testing these isos.
Seeing people having problems with boot splash disappearing after updates. Fabio reports it’s an upstream bug and simply need to do”
equo update && equo install lvm2 && reboot
equo install linux-sabayon && reboot
I hope that fixes that issue. As far as seeing a red, green, deformed image on boot, we are still looking at that as it only seems to effect some. I have not seen this problem on my machine. Joost has it happening on his machine tho. Nvidia vs. ATI, corrupt image or simply aliens running amok. I don’t know, but sooner or later it will present itself.
Core-cd ran into a problem when anaconda dropped support with the text installer. Some of the solutions we are tinkering with is a light weight wm like flux to boot into and run the gui installer or try to patch it so it can work like it use to. I haven’t had time to try out a weekly core-cd test iso lately, but it sounds like flux is what we are using on it right now. As far as I know and assume, it doesn’t actually install flux when the install is done, but I could be totally wrong on that. We will have to see what happens with this little adventure.
A few days ago there was a bump in virtual box and some seem to be having issues running it. I can not reproduce the issue myself. I’ve been suggesting equo install virtualbox-modules virtualbox-bin && reboot and it works for some. If that don’t work than I am wondering what kernel you are using. Remember kernel upgrades are not automatically pulled, you have to tell equo to install the latest kernel. You should be able to do this simply with equo update && equo install linux-sabayon && equo upgrade. The last part is important to pull the matching modules/drivers or if you know which modules/drivers you have, you can install just them. If you don’t reinstall the drivers/modules after a kernel update, you will have a bad experience upon reboot. The latest kernel in entropy is 2.6.33 and 2.6.34 is being worked on.
A quick note about entropy. It’s important to always make sure you have the latest entropy. When you see the message that there is a new entropy version and it’s important to install that first, it’s not kidding. You can solve a lot of issues by making sure you always have the latest entropy. If you want, you can simply remember to do equo update && equo install entropy equo sulfur && equo upgrade once a day. You can’t go wrong and than you will always have the latest entropy before doing updates. If you find entropy a bit aggressive on packages being pulled, try the –relaxed option, for example: equo install foo –relaxed That should pull lesser packages and if you are still not happy, try –nodeps like equo install foo –nodeps. Note that – is two hypens, sometimes on wordpress the hypens look like one. Hopefully that will help some out.
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.
Why VLOS you may ask, well hang on and you will see how Sabayon’s entropy and molecule is helping others produce their own distros. I was browsing distrowatch the other night and noticed that VLOS has come back to life. I thought to myself, hey, I had tried that distro out back in like 2006. I started checking it out and I soon discovered that VLOS is using the entropy package manager and it’s built off of Daniel Robbins’s funtoo stages. So you start off with the ground work of funtoo and than maintain it with entropy via the vidalinux repository. They do manage their own repository and branches, currently at a branch 2 setting. I was able to switch out the repositories config file and load Sabayon’s default one. There is a lot of sabayon in VLOS and I felt right at home. Even tho it is an alpha release, it ran great for me. You can find their package list to see what is all included. The installer is the same installer we currently use. You’ll see a lot of Sabayon stuff as you use it. I have no idea who or what is behind this project tho. The documentation on their website is kinda scarce and not sure what their future plans are.
Gnome is the default desktop
Desktop stuff in action – notice the sabayonuser
And the ever famous Sulfur
This is the second distro that I know of that is using entropy as their main package manager. Cuba came out with a distro called Nova a while back and they are using entropy. I have no experience with their distro. We currently have another guy developing another linux distro based on Sabayon tools also. This is all good and exciting stuff to see. Sabayon Linux is making a difference for many. I would like to hear from those that are currently using our tools to build their distros. Drop us a line and let us know. If you are looking to do something like this, I suggest looking at molecule. Fabio should be proud of himself and the best part, he is willing to help these developers. He will take the time out of his busy day and answer questions.