Posts Tagged ‘linux’

MATE 1.8 WebDir Classifieds

April 17th, 2014 No comments


The latest Sparky MATE edition has been shipped with MATE 1.6.
If you’d like to upgrade it up to the newest version, simply follow a few steps.

Edit the repository list (as root):
nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Change the line below from:
deb jessie main
deb jessie main
Refresh the package list and upgrade all packages:
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

In a case of verification question:
Install packages without verification? y/N
answer: ‘y’ (yes).

If you have any problem with upgrading, run:
apt-get install -f
It will install ‘systemd’ as default, so install one extra package:
apt-get install systemd-sysv
When you finish all operations restart your machine:
That’s all.
Your Sparky installation will be working on ‘systemd’ and MATE 1.8 from now.

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Sparky 3.3.2-test2 WebDir Classifieds

April 14th, 2014 No comments


The second testing iso image of SparkyLinux 3.3.2-test2 Base Edition is out.

The last week brought some solutions for bugs which have been found in the previous release of 3.3.2-test1.
We have found a solution after a set of tests we made in a virtual environment.

The present version of the installer got bugs fixing, which lets you install and run Sparky after installation on machines with EFI.

Testing installations have been made on Virtualbox with EFI mode enabled only.
Please, test it on your physical machine with EFI motherboard if you have it.

Report your results of installation and any suggestions on our forums.

The testing iso image is placed in ‘development’ section on our download page.


LXDE + systemd WebDir Classifieds

April 9th, 2014 No comments


Todays system’s upgrading will make some changes.
Using ‘network-manager-gnome’ tool as a default network manager can make some problems in LXDE Sparky desktop.

‘network-manager-gnome’ depends of ‘network-manager’ which depends of ‘libpam-systemd’, which depends of ‘systemd’. So upgrading ‘network-manager-gnome’ will install ‘systemd’ as default.

It doesn’t make a problem on all Sparky desktops excluding LXDE.
It makes a conflict with ‘lxsession-logout’, which works well with the old init system ‘sysvinit’.
After installing ‘systemd’ on LXDE desktop, you can’t power off or reboot the system using standard logout tool.
Removing ‘systemd’ will remove ‘network-manager’ as well.

To fix it make full system ugrade again (I just put extra files to sparky repository now) and install one extra package:
apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get install systemd-sysv

Reboot the system in text terminal:

After that you don’t need ‘sysvinit’ any more.

Back to -> FAQ main page

SparkyLinux 3.3.2-test1 Base WebDir Classifieds

April 8th, 2014 No comments


The first testing iso image of SparkyLinux 3.3.2-test1 Base Edition is ready to go.

The release features the system installer with EFI support for 64 bit machines.
As I said before, I can’t test it on a physical machine with EFI, because I don’t have any.

I have tested it on VirtualBox with EFI mode enabled, but it doesn’t work for me well.
It’s not a problem with Sparky only, I can’t run properly any Linux distribution on VBox in EFI mode after installation on it.

Please, test Sparky Live and install it on your machines with EFI motherboard.
Report your installation results and suggestions on our forums.

The testing iso image is placed in ‘dev’ section on our download page.


SparkyLinux 3.3.1 Base is out WebDir Classifieds

March 21st, 2014 No comments


An update of iso image of SparkyLinux 3.3.1 Base Edition is out.

The new installer had to be fixed, due to some, small changes between system base of Sparky and LMDE. The network connection did not work after installation the live system on a hard drive (Base Edition 3.3 only).

The old installer is free of the bug.

New live media of Sparky 3.3.1 Base features the installer bug fix only.


Desktop screenshots 3.3 WebDir Classifieds

March 20th, 2014 No comments


LXDE 3.3 Desktop
LXDE 3.3 Desktop
Razor-Qt 3.3 Desktop
Razor-Qt 3.3 Desktop
Base 3.3 Desktop
Base (Openbox) 3.3 Desktop


E17 3.3 Desktop
E17 3.3 Desktop
MATE 3.3 Desktop
MATE 3.3 Desktop
Xfce 3.3 Desktop
Xfce 3.3 Desktop

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SparkyLinux 3.3 MATE, Xfce & Base WebDir Classifieds

March 17th, 2014 3 comments


SparkyLinux 3.3 “Annagerman” MATE, Xfce and Base is out.

New iso images of SparkyLinux provide updates and some improvements, such as:
- Linux kernel 3.13
- all packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2014/03/16
- the same set of new apps and tools which have been added to Sparky 3.3 LXDE, e17 and Razor-Qt, see notes:
- MATE 1.6
- Xfce 4.10.1
- Openbox 3.5.2-6

This is the end of Sparky Ultra and CLI Editions.
Instead of them, there is a new ‘Base’ Edition which is a combination of Ultra and CLI.

What is under the hood of Sparky Base Edition?
- base system of Debian testing
- X Server
- ultra lightweight Openbox
- Lightdm
- installer (the new and the old one)
- Netsurf web browser
- XChat IRC client
- Ceni network manager
- Midnight Commander
- Leafpad
- Lxmusic
- Alsamixer
- Synaptic
- set of drivers for wireless network cards

Sparky Base Edition is targeted to people who want to build their own desktop on the top of Debian testing base. Comparing to the CLI Edition, Sparky ‘Base’ works in graphical mode so it’ll be much easy to install and configure additional applications then before.

Sparky Base i very light and its size is about 600 MB.

The ‘new’ installer is recommended for a hard drive installation.
If you have an ‘old’ machine, I suggest to use the ‘old’ installer instead of the ‘new’ one.
The ‘old’ installer can be launch by the command:
sudo sparkylinux-installer
sudo sparkylinux-installer gui

‘SparkyBackup-System’ – the default Sparky backup tool has been removed from the Live system.
The package has been rebuilt and upgraded up to version 0.1.6 – it’s available in Sparky repository.

In two weeks about, I will start forking the newest LMDE installer with EFI support.
I believe that the Mint team get the job done very well.
But I don’t have an EFI machine to check does my fork work well.

I need your help!

1. If you can, test SparkyLinux with the installer (with EFI support) – send me your e-mail address via our contact form or to our e-mail ‘kontakt(at)linuxiarze(dot)pl’ so I will send you back a direct link to download testing iso image when be ready.
2. If you have spare an EFI machine (desktop/laptop) and you can land me it for testing time – it’ll be helpfull

SparkyLinux Base

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim ->


SparkyLinux 3.3.1 Razor-Qt is out WebDir Classifieds

March 11th, 2014 No comments


Due to a small bug in the base system (one library missing), the ‘new’ live installer does not want to launch in the Razor-Qt Edition of Sparky 3.3.

The new iso image of SparkyLinux 3.3.1 Razor-Qt is free of the bug so the new installer works fine.
Anyway there is the ‘old’ installer in the live system too so it can be used instead of the new one.

All Sparky iso images can be downloaded from our download page.


Sparky Backup System 0.1.6 WebDir Classifieds

March 9th, 2014 No comments


The default Sparky backup tool ‘sparky-backup-sys’ has been upgraded up to version 0.1.6.
It provides fixed backup script and the ‘old’ installer.
It can be used on Sparky installation based on the latest iso image of Sparky 3.3 and the older ones as well.

Sparky Backup System features the ‘old’ installer (based on remastersys installer) as default, which lets you install Sparky Backup iso on different partition, disk or machine.
If you prefer to use the new installer you have to install package ‘live-installer’ as well.


Sparky Eraser & TrueCrypt WebDir Classifieds

February 18th, 2014 1 comment


We have two new packages in the repository, both of them for security fans:

1. TrueCrypt – I don’t have to introduce it – it’s a source-available freeware application used for on-the-fly disks and partitions encryption.

Use Synaptic, Sparky APTus or the command line to install it:
apt-get update
apt-get install truecrypt

2. Sparky Eraser is the second applications.

What is Sparky Eraser and what does it do?
Sparky Eraser is a simply graphical interface for ‘shred’ and ‘wipe’ tools.
Shred can permanently erases files, Wipe erases folders and its directory tree.
Deleted files and folders by Sparky Eraser can’t be recovered easily.
How does the Eraser work?
Eraser GUI has two options to choose:
- File – erases a file
- Directory – erases a folder with everything stored inside.


Confirm erasing after choosing a file or a directory.


All the work will be done by the script.

Eraser can be installed from Sparky repository:
apt-get update
apt-get install sparky-eraser

More information about ‘shred’ and ‘wipe’ can be found on the man pages:
man wipe
man shred