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Sabayon Frozen 11 and Sabayon Frozen 13.04 are back online
As said in the last post, I've started migrating the whole Sabayon Frozen Community Repository to OLSCs. This caused a blackout for Frozen users, which lasted a couple of weeks. Now the repositories have been moved! Get the new files for, available here for Frozen 11 and here for Frozen 13.04.
Uh, and Sabayon Frozen 13.12 is coming in hours. Stay tuned.
Sabayon Frozen 13.11, and a new hosting platform
It's been a long time since I published the last release of Sabayon Frozen. It was April. In the meantime, I've been in Linz as visitor researcher, and, as you may guess, it's harder to keep up with Italian hobbies while you're 800 kilometres away. Now I'm back with two good news.
The first one: as you may have noticed when I announced Nirvana this week, I've bought some cloud space at OLScs. It is rather cheap ($35/year), but allows me to upload as much as I want, which is perfect for Sabayon Frozen: I need a lot of space, but as an Italian PhD student I cannot afford big expenses. This will be the new home for Frozen, with a lot of advantages for both me and you, my dear users:
- higher performance: the old server was a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 in a laboratory in Cesena. I am pretty sure at OLScs they have something better ;)
- much more space: the old "file server" was hosted on my 3TB external USB disk. Again, I am pretty sure what we have now is much better, and I could be able to do monthly snapshots
- higher availability in case of electricity problems: the old server was connected to the normal power grid, with no UPS unit, and blackouts happen in this part of the world.
- higher availability for the network: the old server was connected just below a desk, connected with a normal ethernet cable. On the other side of the desk, it might happen that Andrea stumbles on the cable (which has a broken clip) and the connection goes down (this already happened...)
- lower dependency from University of Bologna: our laboratory and our technician are awesome, and the University is too, but I won't be a PhD student forever (hopefully!), and both the server and the disk are property of the lab.
Uh, and if you are fans of Sabayon Linux, please also donate (time, if you can, or money, if you have) to our favourite distro ;)
Genesis of Nirvana, a Sabayon Linux Community Repository (and its Gentoo overlay)
Maintaining the Sabayon's for-gentoo overlay is a tough task. The ebuilds in it must be of high quality, since the team is small and the maintaining cost for low quality ebuilds is very high. Because of that, it can often happen that some packages do not get added, or that the process of refining the ebuild properly takes a long time, and as final consequence the presence of the package in te official repository is delayed or may not even happen.
To circumvent this issue, I decided to create a new community repository containing those packages that are built upon low quality ebuilds, but that in the end... work. For most users, that is what really matters, isn't it? Since the Hell and the Limbo were already taken as antechamber of the main repository, I've decided to name this repo Nirvana.
I started by creating a new overlay, to collect such ebuilds. You can find it on Bitbucket, and it is obviously available for all the Gentoo users around. At the time I am writing, it includes dev-cpp/ETL-0.04.16, media-gfx/fbgrab-1.1, media-gfx/luxblend25-1.3_rc1, media-gfx/synfig-0.64.0, media-libs/luxrays-1.3_rc1, media-libs/slg-1.3_rc1.
After that, I created a new repository with eit, the server side Entropy component Fabio Erculiani wrote. Besides a little bug and some refinement maybe needed, the whole process was incredibly easy and smooth. I set up the repo, compiled the package in Nirvana overlay, added them to the Nirvana Repository, committed them and then pushed online. Yes, is that amazingly easy.
If you want to check out the Nirvana Community Repository, just put this file in your /etc/entropy/repositories.conf.d/ folder.
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- XBMC 12.0 package for Sabayon Linux with VAAPI support
- Sabayon Frozen 13.04 is up
- Sabayon Frozen 11 is online
- Announcing Sabayon Frozen 10 repository
- Microsoft Kinect and Linux, my early findings
- Fixing XBMC crashes after video stop in Sabayon Linux
- Nixnote 1.2 for Sabayon Linux
- Nevernote for Sabayon Linux
- How to make Minecraft work in Sabayon and Gentoo Linux with Java 7 and Optimus
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