Posted by: Anonymous
on January 04, 2008 10:52 AM
I have never contributed to any forums until now. It is only the excitement generated by Sabayon that has encouraged me to add to the above comments. I currently have installed on my computer (Antec NSK3400, Asus m2npv-vm, Athlon x2 3800+, Gigabyte 7600gs, 1GB Corsair ram 200 GB HDD 22" Viewsonic LCD) Kubuntu 7.04, Mandriva 2008, Mepis 7, Sabayon 3.4f mini. All of these work well on my machine. None had any trouble getting my hardware right. However, I ran into some problems when trying Ubuntu 7.10, Debian 4.0 (great but Kaffeine unstable), Fedora 7 and 8, Sabayon 3.4a (beautiful, but enough faults to ruin it for me), Freespire 2.0 ran well but in spite of its name it was really quite uninspiring. Changing KDE seemingly just to make it look diffetent seems silly to me. That is what annoys me about K/Ubuntu as well. I understand that keeping it simple (and bland) may help newcomers adapt to Linux, but if that is the case why not include things like a firewall by default? Then I tried Sabayon 3.4f mini and just love the look of it. (I know, it also doesn't have a firewall by default). I still had trouble installing guarddog (iptables was missing, but reinstalling it solved that. I make no claims to having special Linux knowledge but since I tried Mandrake 7.2 in frustration with Windows 98's problem with my motherboard (Abit KT7 raid) I have been involved in an ongoing search for the perfect Linux desktop (for me). Sabayon IS inspiring. It is a delight to use. I am willing to persevere with the problems I encounter with a new installation to get it how I want it, and with Sabayon the rewards are worth it. I still think, however, that a complete newcomer to LInux could well give up in frustation even with this wonderful distro, so there is a need to have someone experienced handy to overcome the initial hurdles and maintain their enthusiasm. The forums do help, but you have to be willing to spend (waste?) the time to uncover a fix for your problems. Not everyone is willing to do this, and it would be a shame for them to miss out on the adventure that is Linux.