Secondly, after the disappointment of not being able to launch or boot into the media center in my first round of testing I tried booting directly into XBMC straight away and hey presto, this worked like a charm. The XBMC media center came up in all its glory and was responsive, and were it not for missing connection I could have had my weather updates and watched a movie. Great stuff. This time it also worked from the menu inside KDE btw, both in live mode and installed, which launches a full screen media center inside that environment. As a general rule I found if it works or doesn't while running live the same is true for the installed system as well.
|XBMC media center, finally in all its glory|
|Oxygen cursors, one of the better additions|
The desktop packs a fair selection of KDE themes and several additional window borders on top of old style goodies like Plastik, and several colors of the Oxygen cursor themes. There's also an option pre-installed to tie in Gtk theme settings. Wallpaper selection is again as painful as it was in the GNOME version. You get the wallpapers there plus many that come with the K environment, and here sadly only very few of the better ones. At least we know a good chunk is taken up with rubbish wallpapers and games.
|A few of the included wallpapers|
This dumped a full 5.6 GB of data on my ext4 partition, compared to just shy of 4.9 GB for the GNOME edition. Quite a bit in any case, you might want to think about it when other distributions can give you a working system with less than half of that, and that's just to get started. On the other hand, if you take a cavalier attitude to hard drive space, no big deal.
|Desktop effects are enabled and working|
|Links in the menu, window border selection and LibreOffice|
|Preferences and system information in XBMC|
Read the Conclusion to Sabayon 6.