Sabayon Linux 16.04 released
Posted on: 03/29/2016 05:32 AM

The Sabayon project has released a new version of their Gentoo-based Linux distribution

Sabayon Linux 16.04 released

Sabayon 16.04 is a modern and easy to use Linux distribution based on Gentoo, following an extreme, yet reliable, rolling release model.

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.

The ChangeLog files related to this release are available on our mirrors.

The list of packages included in each Sabayon flavor is available inside "*.pkglist" files. Our team is always busy packaging the latest and greatest stuff. If you want to have a look at what's inside our repositories, just go to our packages website.

Please read on to know where to find the images and their torrent files on our mirrors.


This is a major release: contains bugfixes and enhancements to the Sabayon distribution.
We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Sabayon 16.04.

Calamares Installer

The Calamares Installer is up to date to the latest release (2.2) thanks to Francesco

Ati Drivers

Latest Ati Drivers "Crimson" 15.12

Kernel 4.4.6

We ship by default the latest 4.4.6 Linux kernel now!

Tons of packages upgrades!

- Latest Kodi 16.0
- Latest Atom Editor (1.6)
- Bugfixes to sddm
- New OpenSSL to address DROWN attacks and with disabled sslv3 as default.
...and many more!

Sabayon Community Repositories (SCR) is here!

The Sabayon Community Repositories infrastructure will build repositories for the community, and it is managed by the community itself.
There is a main Community repository while there is room to add other repositories, "slots", that SCR Developers are free to use. More on how it works will come later.
Currently we are in alpha state, but we are having great results, some packages are already available to the public.

The goal here is to have a system like AUR for Arch and PPA for Ubuntu where Sabayon Community Developers (who are community member first) mantain multiple repositories or packages of the Community repository.

If you are curious, and want a sneak peek, go visit the SCR webpage and search for a package ( e.g. megaglest ) and follow the instruction on screen.


We released the tech preview for RaspberryPi2, and you can download it here, meanwhile the tree is getting in shape and we are setting up the infra to build images also for other devices, for more informations, read here. Udoo and Odroid are the next in the queue.

We actually rented an ARM server for that purpose since we are going to fully support the ARM hfp architecture in that way you can use Sabayon on your favorite boards!
If you want help us, please take in consideration making a donation.
Future plans

SCR Documentation

We are preparing the documentation for the "Sabayon Community Repository".
SCR docs and development tools will be available soon, stay tuned!

As you can see we are always busy to give you the Sabayon experience in your box. We have a lot of exciting updates in the pipeline for the next releases!

Release information

Here will follow generic information about the available releases, along with the current state of Sabayon.

Available releases

As for now we offer 64bit images only.
But you are free to choose between the wonderful minimalism of GNOME, the eyecandy of KDE or the old fart called Xfce. If you are the kind of person who just needs Fluxbox/Openbox/whatever else, just get the Minimal image and you won’t be hit by the “OMG candies” bloat that is in the other images.


We now offer official docker releases as well. You can find them in our official docker profile.
There also is a Docker image available to build Sabayon packages as well, without the need to have all the tools required in your existing machine.

Vagrant images

We couldn’t ship just docker images of course. You can find a barebone Sabayon image in the VagrantCloud (now called Atlas). Deploying a Sabayon image now can be even more easier:

vagrant init Sabayon/spinbase-amd64; vagrant up --provider virtualbox

Sabayon Server Edition

The Server Edition is just perfect for those who want to run this distro as a pure server. The installer is still Calamares (just GUI install as for now), but running on a adhoc instance of X, that consequentially bloats the ISO size, but after install all the additional components requested by Calamares are removed from the system. We now also service you with Vagrant images.

Binary vs Source Package Manager

It’s up to you whether turn a newly Sabayon installation into a geeky Gentoo ~arch system or just camp on the lazy side and enjoy the power of our binary, dumbed down Applications Manager (a.k.a. Rigo). With Sabayon you are really in control of your system the way you really want. Read the wiki page if you plan mixing the two package managers.

Native NVIDIA and AMD GPU drivers support

All our releases natively support the latest and greatest GPU hardware from NVIDIA and AMD through their proprietary drivers. Whether you want to enjoy your Linux rig for gaming or video playback, you can. For AMD hardware though, we default to the Open Source implementation for the supported cards. Make sure to pass “nomodeset” to the boot command line to force the proprietary drivers to be used instead: head over the wiki for more details.

LTSI Linux Kernels offered

We are tracking the 3.10, 3.12, 3.14, 3.18, 4.1 and 4.4 Long Term Stable Linux kernels, offering (almost) same-day updates to them. If you are using Sabayon in a server environment, you surely welcome this. However, if you’re using Sabayon on your laptop, desktop workstation, switching between kernels or just moving to a new version has become a no-brainer operation through Rigo: just go to the preferences menu, select the kernel menu (LTS and regular kernels are listed in separate menus), pick a kernel and click “Install”. Rigo will take care of updating external modules in a reliable and safe way on your behalf.

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