I finally threw my hands up in despair. When dealing with Sabayon, I finally got so fed up of trying to strip out what I didn't want (and there was a ton) and the fact that updates get failing for odd reasons, that I gave up and have spent the last few days rebuilding my old machine as good old fashioned Gentoo Linux. Forthcoming on this site will be my quick tips for those who are Linux veterans, but Gentoo n00b's as well as the first published versions of my Lambda Overlay (see the projects page). Forgive the delays (hey, compiling a useful desktop takes time) and stay tuned!