Sabayon Linux, an operating system designed for Linux enthusiasts who want the latest packages and the best performance but don't wish to spend days getting things working properly, is now at version 14.06.
Sabayon 14.06 is based on Gentoo and that is not something that you see every day. In fact, there are very few Linux distros out there that are using Gentoo as a base and it's good to see that developers take the time and the effort to utilize something else than Debian and Ubuntu.
Another interesting thing brought by this release is its rolling release model, which is not all that common. There were some talks to get this model working with Ubuntu, for example, but developers figured it was too much work.
With rolling release distributions devs are not bound to regular major builds and are free to integrate new features and packages as they become available from upstream.
“This is a monthly release generated, tested and published to mirrors by our build servers containing the latest and greatest collection of software available in the Entropy repositories.”
“Sabayon developers have the funny habit of packaging all the latest stuff that is in the Gentoo repositories and make it available as soon as possible to our users. If you are looking for the latest KDE, GNOME or LibreOffice, the chance that ‘it's all in the repos already’ are very high. We keep rolling 24/7, 365 days a year, because old software get us instantly bored,” notes the developer in the announcement.
Also, the KDE and GNOME flavors of this operating system come with Steam preinstalled, making Sabayon a distribution that actually focuses on gaming, for a change. Its makers have also integrated Steam Big Picture as a new boot and install mode that allows users to transform their system into a Linux gaming console.
Sabayon Linux 14.06 also comes with native NVIDIA and AMD GPU support, and that implies that all the flavors feature the proprietary drivers right from the start. Users have access to two Linux Kernels, 3.10 and 3.12, both of which are long-term support versions. It's likely that future updates might bring a newer LTS version, when it becomes available.
The developers of Sabayon Linux are offering a large number of flavors for their distribution, including GNOME, KDE, and Xfce. They also provide ISO for 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
More details about the features and improvements of this operating system can be found in the official announcement.