Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Comments on the latest Distrowatch

I try to hit the Distrowatch site on a fairly regular basis, usually once every week. That's so I can read the Distrowatch Weekly. This week's issue carries another review of Fedora 8. While the review is interesting in and of itself, it carries within it other little nuggets about several other distributions the author has tried along the way.

The author was running Sabayon 3.4 before switching over to Fedora 8. I tried Sabayon on my machines, so it was interesting to read about his experiences. He offered this interesting observation:
It [Fedora 8] is considerably less buggy than Sabayon Linux 3.4...
Ouch. Another key observation pro Sabayon is the time the author spent configuring his desktop. He noted that while he had to go and hunt down media codecs for Fedora 8, Sabayon "comes pre-configured with all the media goodies and browser plugins a desktop Linux user could possibly need."

I've read similar observations with regards to Sabayon; buggy in many ways, but the inclusion of all the "restricted" codecs makes it a easier to enable many media features out-of-the-box. And it follows my own experiences as well. I hope Sabayon remains viable and grows more successful in the future. Sabayon, along with Mint, are moving in the right direction with regards to the inclusion of needed drivers and codecs on the distribution media.

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