sabayonSome of the people on irc #linuxoutlaws use Sabayon Linux which is based on Gentoo. I’m more into rolling distro’s these days such as Archlinux but thought I would give it a go seeing as I’m getting ready for the release of openSUSE 11.1 and want to switch hard drives anyway so now is a pretty good time for playing around.

It is billed as a pretty fast distro and seeing as the machine is a Core Duo with 2GB of memory I was expecting a little better than the 50 odd minutes it took to install. As per usual my VideoSeven 19 inch TFT was not recognised properly but I’ve grown used to that all I have to do is reset the refresh rate to 60Htz and I’m good to go. For me the installation gave me the XFCE desktop (Maybe I chose it?) which was handy as that’s what I’m tending to use these days, first port of call was to run a system update, now this was interesting I clicked on the Spritz GUI manager which reported that there was no updates to be had?

Now as I’m a little wiser than a freshman I knew this was wrong but couldn’t see any sort of ‘refresh’ button or option so I opened a terminal and ran Equo from command line which presented me with a message saying that the databases had not been downloaded yet which in laymen’s terms means “Would you like to refresh the package list?” after a few minutes once the download had completed I returned to Spritz which now said there was 161 updates, cool.

Or was it? So far every update I attempt works for about 6 or 7 entries then Spritz hangs I dropped back to the terminal and Equo which actually is heaps of fun. I had a quick scan through the ‘man’ page but I must have misread it as my inputs produced a message;

root@sabayon~ “Have you read the man page?”

I tried again and the message was something like..

root@sabayon~ “You really should read the man page?”

Now I was hooked so typed it again..

root@sabayon~ “I give up. Read the man page?”

I laughed till I nearly fell off the chair, see not all developers/code writers are miserable scrotes some do have a sense of humour.

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