2.1. Installation from a tarball

Download Sabayon at

To unpack the source, open a terminal and type :

$  tar -zxvf ~/sabayon-2.29.0.tar.gz
$  cd sabayon-2.29.0

Then you can configure and compile the program:

$  ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --mandir=/usr/share/man
$  make
$  sudo make install

Add a user (you must have root permissions) :

# /usr/sbin/useradd -c "Sabayon user" -d /var/sabayon -g nogroup -s /sbin/nologin sabayon

Create the directory /var/sabayon :

# mkdir /var/sabayon

Apply the following permissions :

# chown -R sabayon /var/sabayon
# chgrp -R nogroup /var/sabayon

2.2. Installing your distributions package

Your distribution probably contains a pre-packaged version of Sabayon which will be supported directly by your distribution. Search for the package 'sabayon' in your distribution's package management tools.

2.3. Installing from the git repository

For those who wish to be on the bleeding edge, you can install Sabayon from GNOME's git repository.

Installing from git is precisely the procedure as installing from the tarball, with the exception of obtaining the release from git, and running the autoconfigure tools.

$ git clone git://
$ cd sabayon
$ ./ –prefix=/usr

At this point, simply follow the same instructions for configuring and compiling the program as you did for installing from a tarball.