Posts tagged Sabayon 8
Gnome 3 fiasco has come and gone, oh wait, it’s still here, but at least people are hacking away at it to make it a bit better. We’ve been seeing apps to help customize the devastation and now Linux Mint has forked the default gnome-shell and started a project that gives you an option of a different shell called Cinnamon. We have introduced the Cinnamon to the limbo repository for testing and I’ve only heard positive things about it from those that have tested it. Sabayon running Cinnamon below:
Here you can see Cinnamon with the menu system open, looks a bit rude at first, but functions quite well.
A bit busy
Pull back and select the application you want
So the great thing about this that I love is the old traditional desktop feel that I am most comfortable in. No huge icons and drilling down through more huge icons to find an application. The menu system gets you were you need to get quickly. Call me old, but I enjoy the simple desktop and hate huge icons. I’m glad to see others feel the same and are actually producing forks and hacks. Gnome devs need to, well I’m not gonna get on that rant or I’ll be writing a book.
So what about the negatives? Well, I’m not gonna say that there is negatives due to the fact that Cinnamon is young and new and is gonna grow quickly with changes to make it better. Like right now the customization abilities are very limited. The gnome-tweak-tool will allow you to make some changes. A trick I found to do was to log into the regular gnome session and use gnome-tweak-tool to make changes and than logout and return to the cinnamon session where most things will stick. You can’t change window borders, but I can live with that for now. Linux Mint has already said that in the next version that customization tools are high priority.
I should clear the air here incase people are scared to screw up their gnome default by installing Cinnamon. When you install Cinnamon it creates a new login session called Cinnamon. So when you are at your login screen, choose Cinnamon from the session to log into it. You can log back into regular gnome by logging out and than choose Gnome in the session. So no fear, you won’t loose nor harm your gnome default session. If you are using lxdm, make sure you have the latest version from limbo repo installed otherwise lxdm can’t start the session.
Sabayon needs to make some changes to it, such as branding the menu button and we will be changing the category it is in now that Gentoo has added it to portage under gnome-extra. There is discussion about an idea of making Cinnamon the default session in Sabayon 8. Remember the regular gnome session will be there also, so don’t go yelling at your monitor we are crazy if we do such a thing, just select Gnome for your session if you are not a Cinnamon fan. I encourage everyone to take a look at it at least once and give it a try. With Cinnamon available, I actually installed Gnome back on to my main system.
Happy New Year to all! Now that the holidays are over it’s time to get back to work or unless you were like me and got to work through the holidays, so is life.
So I am continuously testing the Sabayon Forensics XFCE x86-64 edition and happy to see that things are nice and stable for me. I haven’t heard any complaints from anyone either, so all good it seems.
I’ve been looking at this ARM stuff and slowly trying to grasp all of it. Fabio has been busy with the ARMv7 stuff on his beagleboard. A wiki page is even been dedicated to it. If you are interested in it, be sure to see those links to learn more. I’ve been eyeing up the Pandaboard lately as it seems to offer plenty. If you’re interested in testing and developing, give a shout to our mail list and let us know.
Fabio is gonna take a much needed short holiday and than the plans will be set in motion to get a Sabayon 8 out the door. The daily iso is working so well that I’m not seeing much effort needed to push this one out. A new artwork package was talked about so will see where that ends up at. I myself would like to see something new and refreshing. My current desktop looks something like this:
Regardless, if you’re keeping your system up to date, you are rolling right along with the changes. Keep up to date and keep reporting any bugs. Please see this bug for the Sabayon 8 release stuff, just append to it. We kinda want to get Sabayon 8 out the door by end of February, sooner the better.
2012 is looking good for Sabayon. We have more people helping with the server stuff. We got the ARM project in motion. I’m still seeing the flow of Ubuntu refugees arriving and loving Sabayon. It’s good to have yas onboard btw. The recent reviews I have read have all been very positive. Also, it sounds like Fabio will be rewritting a new Sulfur from scratch for Sabayon 9 release later this year, hopefully mid-year. So good news for the Sulfur or Entropy Store users. So stick around and invite a friend or two.