Sabayon Linux - a Gentoo beauty - Overview & Tutorial - Page 3


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Installation

It is the usual drill, which with you must be thoroughly familiar if you have read my other tutorials. You can begin the installation by clicking on Install on Disk icon on the desktop. Please note that Sabayon uses the double-click rather than the typical single-click of the KDE environment.

Sabayon begin install

Next, we have to choose the keyboard.

Sabayon keyboard

After that, the desktop environment. The Mini edition offers only KDE and Fluxbox. Although I was sorely tempted to demonstrate the minimalistic, resource-friendly Fluxbox, I could not resist the beautiful temptation of the KDE style and colors.

Sabayon choose desktop

Services

The next step is to configure the services that will run on startup. This is very convenient, especially for the Windows users, as they will have the file and printer sharing services enabled, making the transition and/or integration much easier.

Sabayon services configuration

Partitioning

The next step is the partitioning. I must admit that this is the only part of the installation that is slightly more difficult that what you might be used to.

The partitioner warns that the partition table of our hard disk cannot be read. This is OK, because we have not yet prepared our hard drive in any way. However, the warning is slightly intimidating, especially the erasing ALL DATA part.

Please note that if you do not have any data on the hard disk, it is safe to proceed. This is the normal procedure for new hard disks that do not contain any information.

Sabayon partitioner

Next, you will be asked to choose the way partitioning is done. Automatic partitioning means the installer will try to figure out the best layout for you. Most people will probably choose this option, and therefore, we will choose it, too. The thee options you can choose are:

  1. Remove all Linux partitions on this system
  2. Remove all partitions on this system
  3. Keep all partitions and use existing free space

Since our hard disk is completely empty, the above choices are somewhat confusing. But do not worry, we will figure it out. Selecting any of the three will work well.

However, if your hard disk is NOT empty and contains other operating systems including Linux and/or Windows, you must be very careful with your choices. Even so, you will have the chance to review your decisions and approve them before committing the changes.

In case your hard disk(s) contain partitions with other operation systems and valuable data, you should always choose the third option - Keep all partitions and use existing free space. This will prevent any undesired changes to the existing layout.

Still, it is very important that you mark the checkbox reading Review (and modify if needed) the partitions created. This allows you to see what the installer suggests and make necessary changes accordingly.

Sabayon partitioning style

You will be asked once again to approve your choice.

Sabayon partitioning warning

This is the default layout chosen by the partitioner:

Sabayon partitioning default choice

I must admit it looks very confusing. The use of the Logical Volume Manager (LVM) allows for much greater flexibility with the disk space allocation, but it is an advanced feature that we do not desire.

Our goal is to setup a very simple partition table, containing the usual three: root, home and swap. Therefore, we will delete the default setup completely and then repartition as we like.

Sabayon partitioning remove default

Now, we will create our partitions. Remember that Sabayon requires quite a bit of space, 5GB for the Mini edition and 12GB for the full DVD edition.

Sabayon create root partition

Sabayon create swap partition

Sabayon create home partition

This is the final layout:

Sabayon partitions ready

On the next page, we will complete the installation.

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