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Directly from our Server dept., two new Sabayon editions officially thrown to the crowd!
They are called SpinBase and CoreCDX, but wait, what are they about?
SpinBase is a very minimal environment that can be used for many different purposes: didactical, home server deployment, but even for custom Sabayon ISO images creation, using our tool called Molecule). Any Sabayon release we make is based on SpinBase.
CoreCDX instead, is geared towards very minimal graphical environment setup, no fancy tools, browsers, whatever, just Fluxbox and command-line. You set the rule.
SpinBase and CoreCDX have a smaller footprint making them fit into a single CD, or USB memory sticks.
- Features of Sabayon 5.5 SpinBase and CoreCDX:
- Bootable Image suitable for a CD or USB thumb drive (~370MB-425MB for SpinBase, ~470MB-525MB for CoreCDX)
- Shipped with Desktop-optimized Linux kernel 2.6.37 (Group Scheduling patch, Tuxonice, AUFS2.1) and Glibc 2.11
- Ext4 filesystem as default, btrfs (experimental), encrypted (luks) filesystem support
- Installable in less than 5 minutes
- Completely customizable system after install, thanks to Entropy package sets it’s possible to install GNOME, KDE or X.Org in no time.
- Entropy and Portage ready (giving access to thousands of installable packages)
- Bringing Entropy Framework 1.0_alpha14
- Providing extra Server-optimized, OpenVZ-enabled, Vserver-enabled kernels in repositories
- an i686-compatible Processor (Intel Pentium II/III, Celeron, AMD Athlon)
- 128Mb RAM
- 2 to 3 GB of free space
These releases are targeted to advanced users who want to take full control of the features and packages installed on their system. Sabayon’s Entropy package manager can be utilized as soon as the release is installed to quickly build out the installation based on the users exact requirements. SpinBase/CoreCDX has also has the capability to install packages using the Portage package management system.
For more information, please see the “Visual Tour: SpinBase” on Sabayon’s Wiki.
Networking Notes: advanced user skills may be necessary to implement networking on these releases. They can provide simple dhcp networking over wired networks by default. Most advanced networking configurations will require configuration by the user.
ISO images (those little .iso files that you have download and burn) are available on our mirrors:
- Sabayon Linux 5.5 amd64 SpinBase:
- Sabayon Linux 5.5 x86 SpinBase:
- Sabayon Linux 5.5 amd64 CoreCDX:
- Sabayon Linux 5.5 x86 CoreCDX:
- Sabayon Mirrors Page
- Sabayon Bittorrent Tracker
Thanks everybody involved!
I can’t think of a better way to learn something new by playing. Since the “spin era” has begun with Sabayon Linux by using molecule, it’s something new to learn. Joost has posted a quick run down of how to do a basic spin. I’ve been messing around with this molecule thing and have found that adding and subtracting packages is simple enough to do. I do find that specific customizations of the user and root accounts a bit more complicated. I’m still trying to figure that one out yet. Scripting isn’t my strong point at all. I understand what it needs to do, but assembling a script of commands and paths is like writing hieroglyphics. I’m not sure where the script should be placed at in my spec file nor when the script should be invoked.
I didn’t have much interest in doing a spin till I realized that a couple of things in my own personal life stuck out to me. The biggest thing was my constantly working and fixing on people’s windows machines that are constantly plagued with viruses and malware. The idea than came up to make a spin specific to fixing and repairing windows machines. I already knew that Sabayon boots up and works on many machines with no problems, which makes it great for such a job of booting windows machines that don’t. I made my first spin and that same week I had 3 machines come in with problems. I tossed in my spin, did the fixes, and got the machines back to a sane state again. It’s very effective and saves me time. I now carry it around on a usb stick and it’s with me at all times. I learned a lot in the process and now with the structure in place, it’s easy for me to update my original spin with latest entropy.
I was talking with our local Chief of Police who is also on the task force for Child Pornography and discovered that at the last training class they were using old Knoppix disks to access a suspected computer. I was surprised to see how limited they were and decided to take my spin a bit further and add some more stuff. This is when my spin turned into a Sabayon Forensics spin. I collected a list of packages that would be most useful and fairly easily for any law enforcement official to use. Keep in mind that it’s for using at the local level to determine if a suspected computer needs to go into the crime lab. It has the abilities to boot, fix, crack, search, upload, and transfer files easily on any computer. I am using the gnome x86 for my base and plan on doing an x86 KDE one also. My last issue to figure out is how to switch out the default background of the desktop. I want to leave all the other artwork in place, just switch out the desktop background. Once I figure this out, I plan to present this and maybe Sabayon can become a part of fighting crime. If not adopted at the state level, it still will be used at the local level. This is my goal upon boot up:
One last thing before I sign off. Last week we lost one of our staff members in an accident. He was laid to rest on July 3rd and will be missed. He is still in our thoughts and prayers to family and friends. One of our staff members was able to attend the funeral and we sent flowers from the Sabayon crew.