Sabayon Linux, an operating system designed for Linux enthusiasts who want the latest packages and the best performance, but don't want to spend days getting things working properly, is now at version 13.04.
Sabayon 13.04 is based on Gentoo and follows a rolling release model, similar to the one Canonical tried to introduce in Ubuntu 13.04.
Despite the similar numbering, the two Linux distributions have nothing in common. Linux Kernel 3.8.8 is used by default, but 3.8.10 is available through updates, along with the 3.9 stable branch.
The distribution comes in four flavors: GNOME 3.6.3, KDE 4.10.2, MATE 1.6, and Xfce 4.10. Other major features include LibreOffice 4.0, production ready UEFI (and SecureBoot) support, and experimental systemd support (including openrc boot speed improvements).
“Sabayon 13.04 is the first release coming with systemd optionally available for early testers. systemd is going to replace openrc as the default init system in the following months, this however doesn't mean that OpenRC will be abandoned,” stated Fabio Erculiani, the Sabayon creator.
“Systemd gives Sabayon a 4x (or even more) boot speed boost if compared to OpenRC: you can now enjoy a 10 seconds boot on Sabayon as well. Please take into consideration that as of today, systemd support in Sabayon is still experimental and we don't have plymouth yet,” he added.
According to the developer, it's very easy to boot with Systemd. Users will have to go in into the Advanced options menu and select Enable systemd.
Users can also migrate the current Sabayon 13.04 installation to Systemd by typing the following commands:
eselect sysvinit set systemd
eselect settingsd set systemd
More details about the features and improvements of this operating system can be found in the official announcement.