Sabayon 4.2 is a very beautiful Linux distribution, which is what attracted me to give it a try. Additionally, their packages are pretty close to the bleeding edge, which is what I generally prefer. Once I had it set up, I was quite happy with it, except for one thing… it is Gentoo based. I simply can’t get my head wrapped around the package management terminology and procedures, being so accustomed to apt-get and Synaptic with most of the Debian based distros I have used.
After several weeks of “wrassling” with it, I managed yesterday to bork the installation by allowing it to do a kernel update without doing the proper nvidia update that goes along with it. When I rebooted, it just gave me the black screen and a blinking white cursor in the top left corner. I did manage to figure my way out of that dilemma for a little while. (Ctrl-Alt-F1 got me to a terminal session, where I could login with my username and password, and use equo to install the nvidia driver).
However, once back on the desktop, I made the mistake of saying yes when the “equo update && equo world –ask” command wanted to clean up “unneeded” packages. Basically it removed practically all of KDE, and rebooting left the machine in an unusable, unfixable (by me) state.
Oh well. Back to Mint 7 again.