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It depends on what you're searching for. Sabayon versions differs for default software bundle and size.
K (KDE) and G (GNOME) versions contain a lot of software, they come with proprietary drivers, codecs, wireless drivers, GPU acceleration, XBMC preinstalled.
XFCE, LXDE and e17 versions are meant to be used on older systems, the adopt lightweight DE and contains less software.
CoreCDX just contain Fluxbox, SpinBase has no X at all. These two are meant to be used if you want to build your system yourself.
The gaming edition is a Christmas classic, every year on December 25th this edition containing a bunch of free games is released.
Moreover, since Sabayon is a rolling, you can download the latest stable (currently 5.5) or risk and get a DAILY, which are more up to date. In my experience, they normally work very well. Stable releases are just dailies which have been deeply tested and are guaranteed to work.
+ cutting the cr#p: flash, mp3, dvd, proper nvidia driver, skype all pre-installed and just work out of the box (i only had to add opera)
+ well stocked repository (thanks to gentoo I suppose)
+ true rolling release from 5.5 onwards
+ strong on kde
- temptation to update daily - will break your system once in a while
Yes, as always, it comes down to what you want. But - from my experience Sabayon is the best, most balanced distro I've tried (the 'buntus, SuSE, many others), and it has one of the most helpful, informative, and close-knit forum communities you are likely to find. I use its KDE desktop and find it elegant and very easy to work with (and I am NO Linux expert, nor gentoo...). There will be the occasional hiccup since it is closer to a bleeding edge distro, but if it needs a fix one will come quickly, quite often the same day. For example, the founder, lxnay, recently diagnosed and sent back upstream to nvidia a bug fix for their latest driver for a kernel release, which nvidia then incorporated for everyone. For anyone who gets tired of reinstalling every new kernel or animal release every six months or so, a rolling release is definitely the way to go. And Sabayon, IMHO, is the best at that. It has a great package manager (two interface choices - graphical or command line), or you can still use gentoo's portage if you know what you're doing (I stay with entropy). Plus you get the benefits of the Sabayon forum, along with the huge amount of knowledge gentoo offers, without having to get your head under the hood quite as much. Try it for a week or so - you'll be glad you did. I've been using it since 4.0, and it just gets better and better.
and this means that sabayon linux is really what gentoo live dvd should be and is not! a working gentoo live medium, a working installer, a portage infrastructure ready out of the box ( erm, ofcourse you still need to update that portage database first! )
and this means that if you not like a binary defaults delivered via entropy binary package manager you can compile a customized one! lovely pampered with you carefully selected CFLAGS!
of course if you are a true linux newbie going on this way, extensive customized recompiled binaries, you will bomb out that new sabayon linux just like a new preinstalled gentoo linux with turbo speed! but who care!? if things go really crazy you have the nuclear option on you hands: just reinstall sabayon linux and do it again!
Gentoo LiveCD sux cos you can't expact a new user installing Linux with a kernel that can't boot and get all the HW in their PC. Gentoo LiveCD failed many user with non-Gentoo issue.
Basically this is my Gentoo installation procedure for years:
- Get Sabayon CDX Daily
- Tailor my own make.conf
- Rip off entropy(personal choice) and emerge world.
I respect Gentoo Handbook but it has too much personal taste thing for a general doc, especially in the build kernel steps. Many new comers are bailed out in kernel building(Which have NOTHING to do with Gentoo's gem: Portage) and low quality liveCD kernel config in genkernel, and misleading intro to genkernel.
Sabayon kernel really shines against Gentoo LiveCD, it's default config is a good starting-point for custimizing.
Gentoo guys should at least mention this two param of genkernel: --config and --menuconfig
I was a true believer in Sabayon in the old version 3 days, In those days Sabayon ws truly a work of art, it looked great with the defaults and worked flawlessly. I left somewhere 3.5 as I preferred the old source based packaging and it seemed updating became somewhat tricky.
I probably should download an iso and give it another run, as long as I can still find the old red wallpapers they used to use and get away from the generic win blue theme all distros seem to want to use nowadays.