Sabayon is a popular Gentoo-based Linux distribution for Desktop Users. It is easy to use and modern distribution which follows a reliable rolling release model. As of this writing, the latest stable release is Sabayon 19.03. Sabayon comes with a number of pre-installed Desktop Applications for users to get started. This release of Sabayon has a number of improvements and new features.

Features of Sabayon 19.03

  • Support for Full disk encryption
  • Default Python is Python 3
  • It comes with a new build infrastructure
  • Dracut is the default initramfs generator. A switch from genkernel-next.
  • The installer has changed from Anaconda to Calamares
  • Support for 32 bit UEFI
  • Ships with the kernel is 4.20
  • Better tracking of “automatic” dependencies
  • Nvidia and AMD Graphics improvements
  • Legacy driver deprecation – nvidia-304.XX drivers are now deprecated
  • Desktop, Server and Cloud flavors available

Download Sabayon Gentoo-based Linux distribution

Visit the download page and pick your flavor to download.

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Once ISO has been downloaded, create a bootable USB stick or DVD for installation.

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If you’re installing this on a Virtual Environment such as VMware, VirtualBox or KVM, you don’t need to create a bootable USB. Just attach ISO when creating an instance and begin installation.

Install Sabayon 19.03 Gentoo-Based Linux

Start installer and choose installation.

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Select system language to set on the welcome screen.

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Select your region and zone.

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Choose your Server Keyboard model.

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Choose partitioning type – Manual or automatic

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Choose if to encrypt your data disk, if yes set passphrase.

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Provide username and password used for login.

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Confirm settings and hit Install button.

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The installation should start.

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Once installation is complete, reboot your server or Virtual Machine to start using newly installed Sabayon OS.

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Login with created user account and password.

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There you have it!. Sabayon 19.03 Operating system has been successfully installed.

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Getting Started with Sabayon

Update the Equo Database:

sudo equo update

Installing package:

sudo equo install <packagename>

Example below installs basic CLI packages.

sudo equo install vim elinks curl wget bash-completion telnet 

Manage service:

# Start
sudo systemctl start <servicename>

# Stop
sudo systemctl stop <servicename>

# Enable
sudo systemctl enable <servicename>

# Restart
sudo systemctl restart <servicename>

# Disable
sudo systemctl disable <servicename>


Sabayon is a highly customizable distribution that has been pre-configured with the tenets of Performance, Versatility, and Stability. Check the Sabayon Wiki page and Gentoo Wiki for a deep dive to tunables.

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