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Custom ISO Builder 0.1.1

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July 30th, 2014 No comments

 

Custom ISO Builder 0.1.1 changelog:
- added one missing option for isohybride
- added additional pop-ups for squashfs and iso making processes if the process failed
- some minor changes
- cleaning

 

Custom ISO Builder 0.1.0

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July 28th, 2014 1 comment

 

It’s summer time in Poland now, but it does not mean that we are lying on the beach.
New application called ‘Custom ISO Builder’ version 0.1.0 is out.

The app can:
- rebuild an existing ISO image
- full customize ISO image and build a new one.

The application works with SparkyLinux up to 3.4 iso images and other Live Linux distributions based on Debian GNU/Linux.

Custom ISO Builder is targeted to people who want to rebuild SparkyLinux, equip it with other tools, change the desktop environment, etc. and release a community version of SparkyLinux.

Custom ISO Builder is in development stage so be careful playing with that.
The application can be installed from SparkyLinux repository or downloaded the ‘deb’ file from our external hosting located on sourceforge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/sparkylinux/files/files/apps

As soon as possible I will make a quick HowTo to show how the app works.
Bugs, suggestions and other things can be reported on Sparky forums:
http://sparkylinux.org/forum/index.php?board=3357.0

Custom ISO Builder

 

SparkyLinux 3.4.1

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July 16th, 2014 No comments

 

SparkyLinux 3.4.1 LXDE, e18, Razor-Qt, MATE, Xfce, Base (Openbox) and GameOver x86_64 is ready to go.

The new updated iso images of SparkyLinux 3.4.1 providing a bug fixing detected in 64 bit iso images only. The bug did not let to run the Live system from USB disk on machines features UEFI motherboard.
It didn’t let to test and install the system.

The bug does not make any change or a problem on machines feature BIOS or on virtual machines.

The error has been removed thanks to quick reaction and cooperation between Wayne – our community member, MoroS and me (pavroo) – thank’s a lot.

You don’t have to reinstall your system if you have SparkyLinux installed on a hard/USB/virtual drive. Simply make full system upgrade and keep it up to date.
New iso images can be used to make fresh Sparky installation.

Remember that the ‘old’ installer is still available in the live system and it’s recommended for ‘old’ machines. You can launch in text mode, by the command:
sudo sparkylinux-installer
or in graphical mode:
sudo sparkylinux-installer gui
New iso images of SparkyLinux you can grab from our download page:
http://sparkylinux.org/download

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim: http://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-3-4-1

 

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SparkyLinux 3.4 GameOver

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July 7th, 2014 1 comment

 

SparkyLinux 3.4 “GameOver” is out.

It has been built on the top of SparkyLinux 3.4 “Annagerman” and it’s fully compatible with Debian “testing” Jessie.
“GameOver” is a special edition of Sparky targeted to game players.

“GameOver” 3.4 feautures :
- access to games compiled for Linux platform
- access to “popular” and “modern” games via Steam and Desura platforms
- access to many games created for MS Windows platform via Wine and PlayOnLinux
- access to “old” games created for discontinued machines and systems via emulators

What’s under the hood of GameOver 3.4:
- Linux kernel 3.14-1 (3.14.7-1)
- all packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2014/07/03
- LXDE 0.5.5-6, Openbox 3.5.2-6, PCManFM 1.2.0-1, Iceweasel 30.0-2 and a few important applications
- support for installation on machines with EFI
- systemd is the default init system now, see how to change sysvinit to systemd:
http://sparkylinux.org/sparky-systemd/
- the repository list has been split:
* the main one features Debian repository only inside the file /etc/apt/sources.list
* all additional repositories have been moved to the directory /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
- added new packages: hardinfo, mintstick
- steam & steam-launcher 1.0.0.48
- desura for linux
- wine & playonlinux
- set of old machines and systems emulators:
* DeSmuME – emulator for Nintendo DS games
* DOSBox – DOS system emulator
* MAME – arcade games emulator + GUI front-end GNOME Video Arcade
* NEStopia – Nintendo Entertainment System emulator
* PCSX-Reloaded – Sony PlayStation emulator
* Stella – Atari 2600 emulator
* Visual Boy Advance – Gameboy, Gameboy Advance and Gameboy Color emulator
* Yabause – Sega Saturn emulator
* ZSNES – emulator of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System
- set of games: 0ad, 3dchess, airstrike, alienblaster, amphetamine, antigravitaattori, armagetronad, asciijump, asylum, atomix, balder2d, barrage, berusky, billard-gl, biniax2, black-box, blobandconquer, blobby, bloaboats, blockout2, brainparty, btanks, bygfoot, chromium-bsu, einstein, extremetuxracer, five-or-more, flare, foobillardplus, four-in-a-row, freecraft, freedroid, frozen-bubble, funnyboat, gnome-chess, gnome-hearts, gnome-klotski, gnome-mahjongg, gnome-mastermind, gnome-mines, gnome-nibbles, gnome-robots, gome-sudoku, gnome-tetravex, gnubik, gnuchess, gnugo, gtkatlantic, gtkpool, gunroar, holdingnuts, iango, lbreakout2, lightsoff, liquidwar, ltris, maelstorm, megaglest, minetest, mokomaze, monopd, monsterz, moon-buggy, moon-lander, netmaze, netpanzer, neverball, neverputt, openarena, pacman, performous, pingus, quadrapassel, scorched3d, slimevolley, smc, snake4, snowballz, supertux, supertuxkart, swell-foop, tali, teeworlds, tennix, tetzle, tomatoes, transcend, warzone2100, wesnoth, widelands, xblast, xmoto, zaz

Live system user is: live
Password: live
Root password is blank.

Minimum system requirements for SparkyLinux “GameOver” :
- CPU i486 / amd64
- 256 MB of RAM memory (some games need more than that – 500-1000MB recommended)
- an optical DVD drive or 4GB USB stick for Live medium
- 20 GB of space for installation on a hard drive (30GB recommended)
- 16 GB of Flash/Pen USB drive for “normal” installation (32GB recommended)

New iso images of SparkyLinux you can grab from our download page :
http://sparkylinux.org/download/
New iso images can be used to make fresh Sparky installation.
You don’t have to reinstall your system if you have Sparky installed on your machine.
Just make full system upgrade and follow the enclosed upgrading guides.

Known bugs:
- using ‘dd’ command or it’s GUI to copy 64 bit iso image onto an USB disk can make a problem with booting the live system on machines features UEFI

Our old forum has been converted to a new one and it’s located in the same place: http://sparkylinux.org/forum
Users of the old forum can log in to the new one using their existing nicks and passwords.

 

SparkyLinux 3.4 GameOver

 

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SparkyLinux 3.4 MATE, Xfce & Base is out

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June 27th, 2014 No comments

 

SparkyLinux 3.4 “Annagerman” MATE, Xfce and Base (Openbox) is out.

As usually new iso images of SparkyLinux provide a ton of updates, some changes and system improvements, such as:
- Linux kernel 3.14
- all packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2014/06/23
- MATE 1.8
- Openbox 3.5.2-6
- Xfce 4.10
- support for installation on machines with EFI
- systemd is the default init system now, see how to change sysvinit to systemd:
http://sparkylinux.org/sparky-systemd/
- menu of Openbox (Base Edition) has gotten a few extra scripts
- added new package: hardinfo
- teamviewer has been updated up to version 9

New applications in SparkyLinux repository:
- sparky-live-usb-creator – a tool for creating bootable live USB disks; it’s a GUI frontend for ‘dd’ command

Sparky Live USB Creator

- mintstick – a tool for formating USB disks and creating bootable live USB disks
- steam & steam-launcher 1.0.0.48
- skype 4.3
- seamonkey-2.26.1 – internet suite which consists a web browser SeaMonkey Navigator, an e-mail and news client program Mail & Newsgroups, an HTML editor Composer and an IRC client ChatZilla
- nightingale-1.12.1 – audio player and web browser based on the Songbird media player source code

Nightingale

We have made a couple of successful testing installations of Sparky in EFI mode in a virtual environment. We can’t promise that installation on a physical machine is fine. We never tried this, because we don’t have any “normal” machine with EFI.

New iso images of SparkyLinux you can grab from our download page :
http://sparkylinux.org/download/
We have the 3th mirror for sparkylinux files offered by http://hostingxtreme.com – thank’s a lot!

New iso images can be used to make new, fresh Sparky installation.
You don’t have to reinstall your system if you have Sparky installed on your machine.
Just make full system upgrade and follow the enclosed upgrading guides.

SparkyLinux Xfce   SparkyLinux MATE   SparkyLinux Base

 

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Switch Mate repository from Mate to Debian

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June 4th, 2014 No comments

 

Sparky Mate Edition has been using Mate repository for a while.
Now, you can (and should) switch from Mate repo to the Debian’s.
All Mate file have been moved to Debian repository so it works fine now.

How to do that?

1. Remove Mate repo from sources.list:
deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/archive/1.8/debian/ jessie main

2. Remove the preferences file:
sudo rm -f /etc/apt/preferences

3. Update package list:
sudo apt-get update

4. Make full system upgrade:
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

5. If any problem, run:
sudo apt-get install -f
dpkg --configure -a

6. Then restart your machine:
reboot

 
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SparkyLinux 3.4 LXDE, e18 & Razor-Qt is out

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June 4th, 2014 No comments

 

SparkyLinux 3.4 “Annagerman” LXDE, Razor-Qt and Enlightenment 18 is out.

New iso images of SparkyLinux 3.4 provide a ton of updates, some changes and system improvements, such as:
- Linux kernel 3.14
- all packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2014/05/31
- LXDE 0.5.5-6
- Openbox 3.5.2-6
- Razor-Qt 0.5.2-4
- Enlightenment has been updated up to version E18 (0.18.2/0.18.5), see how to manually upgrade E17 to E18: http://sparkylinux.org/how-to-upgrade-sparky-e17-to-e18/
- support for installation on machines with EFI
- systemd is the default init system now, see how to change sysvinit to systemd:
http://sparkylinux.org/sparky-systemd/
- Sparky e18 is shipped with Sparky-Dark theme made by Agust with a wallpaper based on Sakasa artwork, the theme can be downloaded from sourceforge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/sparkylinux/files/files/themes/A-18-Dark-Sparky.edj/download
- the repository list has been split:
* the main one features Debian repository only inside the file /etc/apt/sources.list
* all additional repositories have been moved to the directory /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
see: http://sparkylinux.org/sparky-repository/
- Sparky Center – our system control center for LXDE desktop has been rebuilt, added tabs for every option and upgraded up to version 0.2.1

Sparky Center

- Sparky APTus – our tool for updating, installing and removing packages has been updated up to version 0.2.0; it offers new functions now:
* removing Non-Free and Restricted packages which are pre-installed in the system
* installation of missing language packages
* every option is placed in a separated tab

APTus

- Sparky-Tray – our small app which is loaded to the system’s panel tray and gives quick access to APTus, Synaptic, repository list editor and root terminal has been updated up to version 0.1.2. It lets you edit all repo lists due to changes occurred in the repository list
- Sparky-Backup-Apps – our applications backup tool has been updated up version 0.1.4
- Sparky-Backup-System – our system backup tool has been updated up to version 0.1.7 – due to moving Sparky to systemd
- a few apps have been removed: aptoncd, avidemux, audacity, devede, ogmrip, soundconverter; still available to install in the repository
- added a new package: hardinfo
- new application in our repository: skype
- teamviewer has been updated up to version 9

The ‘old’ installer is still available in the live system and it’s recommended for ‘old’ machines.
It can be launch in text mode, by the command:
sudo sparkylinux-installer
or in graphical mode:
sudo sparkylinux-installer gui

 

Sparky CLI Edition is also available (back).
It has been rebuilt and features now: core system, our old installer, mc, wicd-cli, elinks and wifi drivers.

 

We have made a couple of successful testing installations of Sparky in EFI mode in a virtual environment. We can’t promise that installation on a physical machine is fine.
We never tried this, because we don’t have any “normal” machine with EFI.

New iso images of SparkyLinux you can grab from our download page:
http://sparkyLinux.org/download

New iso images can be used to make new, fresh Sparky installation.
You don’t have to reinstall your system if you have Sparky installed on your machine.
Just make full system upgrade and follow the enclosed upgrading guides.

Don’t forget to donate a small (or big) tip if you enjoy SparkyLinux :)

SparkyLinux LXDE     SparkyLinux e18

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Updates: Sparky Backup Apps & System

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May 20th, 2014 No comments

 

We have two updates of our tools:

1. Sparky-Backup-System 0.1.7 – features the new init system “systemd” which is the default init system for all Sparky versions now.

2. Sparky-Backup-Apps 0.1.4 – fixed Liferea backup bug due to changes with different Liferea locations of configuration files.

 

How to: Upgrade Sparky E17 to E18

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May 19th, 2014 No comments

 

This is the recommended way to upgrade SparkyLinux Enlightenment desktop from E17 to E18:

1. Add Sparky E18 repository – edit the file ‘sources.list’ (as root):
nano /etc/apt/sources.list

2. Change SparkyLinux repository from:
deb http://sparkylinux.org/repo testing main
to:
deb http://sparkylinux.org/repo testing main
deb http://sparkylinux.org/repo e18 main

3. Leave Enlightenment desktop, login to an other desktop or leave graphical environment and login to a text console with keys: Alt+Control+F2 (F2-F6).

4. Remove E17 packages:
apt-get remove e17 e17-data libefreet1
apt-get autoremove

5. Install E18 packages:
apt-get update
apt-get install enlightenment terminology

If any problem, run:
apt-get install -f

6. Restart your machine:
reboot

Known bugs: the panel’s tray doesn’t work well.
Suggestion: use alternative panel (lxpanel, tint2, xfce4panel, etc.)

 
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Sparky APTus 0.1.8

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May 18th, 2014 No comments

 

There is an update of Sparky APTus 0.1.8 available at our repository.

Changelog:

1. Xterm terminal emulator, which used to do all operations, has been dropped.
From now, APTus uses the default x-terminal emulator of your desktop, for example:
- LXDE – lxterminal
- MATE – mate-terminal
- Xfce – xfce4-terminal, etc.

They properly display different letters than English.

2. Updating of the package list has been removed from the options: “Upgrade” and “Dist_Upgrade”.
To upgrade the system, run “Update” option as the first, then “Upgrade” or “Dist_Upgrade” (recommended: Dist_Upgrade).

3. The last change is a new option “NonFree”, which lets you to quick and painless remove Non-Free and Restricted packages from your system.

APTus

I understand that not everyone would like or can use packages like that. The “NonFree” option will remove all of them without a problem.

Just launch the “NonFree” option to display all Non-Free and Restricted packages installed in your system. Next, you can remove them (OK) or stop this operation (Exit).

APTus NonFree

Sparky APTus can be installed from our repository.

 

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