Posts Tagged ‘linux’

SparkyLinux 3.6-dev3 LXQt WebDir Classifieds

March 2nd, 2015 2 comments


A new testing version of SparkyLinux 3.6-dev3 LXQt is out.

New iso image provides some bugs fixing and new features which make deep changes in the system. Most of them will be implemented to the next Sparky live/install images.
Please, test the live system, the installation process and the system installed on a hard drive as well.

Sparky 3.6-dev3 LXQt main keys:
– packages updated from Debian testing repository as of 2015/03/01
– LXQt 0.9
– two windows managers: Openbox (default) and Kwin
– fully system’s rebranding
– improved windows look of sparky and other applications which work with root privileges
– fixed issues with x-terminal-emulator used in sparky apps, on some desktops
– updated live-installer

If you find any problem – report it on SparkyLinux forums
If you’d like to rebrand your current Sparky installation – read the quick guide.
Testing iso images can be downloaded from the page


SparkyLinux 3.6 LXQt


Enlightenment 0.19.4 WebDir Classifieds

February 27th, 2015 No comments


The Enlightenment team has announced the release of Enlightenment DR19 version 0.19.4.

New ‘deb’ packages of Enlightenment 0.19.4 have been built from the project’s git repository and are ready to install from Sparky repository now.

The latest e19 packages feature:
– Enlightenment 0.19.4 ( as of 2015/02/27
– EFL and Elementary 1.13.1
– Python-EFL 0.13.0
– Terminology 0.8

Sparky and Debian testing users can upgrade the their e19 installations via the package manager as following:
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

Check out:
apt-get install -f
Then reboot your machine.

You can use Sparky’s System-Upgrade tool or Synaptic instead of the command line as well.


Sparky rebranding WebDir Classifieds

February 25th, 2015 No comments

Last week me and MoroS have been working on Sparky rebranding.
The job is done now so you can get all the changes on yours present Sparky installations.

What does the Sparky rebranding mean?
Sparky iso image installs the system based on Debian testing with Sparky tools, touch and some additional elements. But the system is detected as Debian so it can make misunderstanding for some users.

All the system’s key elements have been rebuilt/replaced with Sparky ones and added a few new packages to improve Sparky “touch”.

If you’d like to turn your existing Sparky installation (up to version 3.6) or Debian testing installation into rebranded Sparky, follow the steps:
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get install -f

Then rebrand it:
apt-get install sparky-core
apt-get install -f

Then reboot:

SparkyLinux GRUB

To check it out, run:
lsb_release -a

If you find any problem, simply report it to our forums.

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SparkyLinux 3.6-dev1 Budgie WebDir Classifieds

February 2nd, 2015 1 comment


A new version of SparkyLinux 3.6-dev1 with Budgie desktop is available for testing.

Budgie is the flagship desktop of the Evolve OS Linux Distribution, and is an Evolve OS project. Designed with the modern user in mind, it focuses on simplicity and elegance. A huge advantage for the Budgie desktop is that it is not a fork of another project, but rather one written from scratch with integration in mind.

The new ISO image of Sparky Budgie features:
– Debian testing base as of 2015/01/31
– Budgie desktop from git repository as of 2015/01/31
– a few basic tools for managing the system
– a few Sparky tools
– live system installer

Make sure, that Budgie desktop is still under development and can makes problems.
If you find an issue of Budgie desktop – report it on Evolve OS/Budgie forums
If you find an other problem – report it on SparkyLinux forums

The testing iso images can be downloaded from ‘development’ section of the download page

You can also test the Budgie desktop on the top of your present Debian testing or SparkyLinux installation.

How to install Budgie Desktop from Sparky repository:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop

Check is everything Ok:
sudo apt-get install -f
sudo reboot

SparkyLinux 3.6 Budgie

Known issues:
– a wallpaper has to be set manually after installation Sparky on a hard drive


e19 0.19.3 is available WebDir Classifieds

January 21st, 2015 1 comment


The Enlightenment team has announced the release of version 0.19.3 of Enlightenment DR19.

E19 0.19.3 packages have been built from the project git repos ( and debs are already in Sparky repository now.
Sparky users can easily upgrade the Sparky e19 installations via the package manager.

To do so, run (as root):
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

You can use System-Upgrade tool or Synaptic instead of the command line as well.


Sparky Backup System 20150119 WebDir Classifieds

January 19th, 2015 No comments


Sparky Backup System tool has been updated up to version 20150119.
It lets you rebuild your present installation of Sparky and make a backup/remix which can be installed on a different partition/disk/machine.

– added support for EFI – lets you build new remix which can be working on machines with BIOS or EFI motherboard
– added support for lxqt, gnome and cinnamon desktops (settings auto copy)
– added option to auto create a package-list.txt file
– sparkylinux-installer (old) – fixed minnor problem with formatting partitions
– many small improvements and bug fixing

This tool can be used with Yad based GUI or via command line:
sudo sparkybackup /option/

It provides support for auto copy settings of the following desktops/window managers:
– afterstep
– cinnamon
– enlightenment
– fluxbox
– fvmw
– gnome
– icewm
– jwm
– kde
– lxde
– lxqt
– mate
– openbox
– pekwm
– razor-qt
– xfce

I haven’t built a new remix on a machine with EFI motherboard, so if you can just do it and let me know about the results.
If you find any problem, bug, etc. or have a suggestion simply let us know about that on our forums.

Installing/upgrading the present version of the ‘sparky-backup-sys-20150119′ can remove ‘systemd-sysv’ package.
Install it back before rebooting your system.
Without that you will probably not be able to boot the system.

Sparky Backup System


SparkyLinux 3.6-dev2 LXQt + KWin WebDir Classifieds

January 16th, 2015 4 comments


SparkyLinux 3.6-dev2 is the second testing release of out spin with LXQt.

Main keys:
– KWin window manager instead of Openbox
– basic visual effect enabled as default
– access to KWin Settings via a menu entry (sparky-kwin package)
– VLC preinstalled (as KWin dependency) + VLC plugin for Iceweasel
– Flash plugin added (as an option)

This release has been published to let you test it and compare to the dev1 iso (shipped with Openbox).
It works out of the box (not with all graphic cards), what you have to do is switching to OpenGL via the KWin Settings.

As some of our community members suggested, KWin could be the second available (to choose) out of the box window manager preinstalled, together with Openbox in the next Sparky main release.

The system consumes after hard drive installation (with basic effects enabled only):
– 32 bit – 160 MB of RAM
– 64 bit – 250 MB of RAM

I made a short video which captured 3 visual effects running in Live system.

Sparky testing iso images of:
– 3.6-dev1 LXQt spin with Openbox
– 3.6-dev2 LXQt spin with KWin
can be downloaded from our download page:

Enjoy testing and share your opinion with us, please.


Desura Installer 0.1.3 WebDir Classifieds

January 9th, 2015 No comments


Keep cleaning my tools I have updated On-Line Installer of Desura Client for Linux up to version 0.1.3.

32 bit version works fine, but the 64 bit version doesn’t.
The 64 bit version of Desura client did not want to work on my machine out of the box.

1. If you can’t run it in a normal way (a desktop icon), run in a terminal emulator and check for errors:
sh /opt/desura/desura
The output from my machine said:
error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
To solve the problem install ‘libboost1.54-all-dev’ package and all its libs from Sid repository.

After that I could launch Desura via command line, but not via the desktop icon.

2. To fix the desktop launcher, edit the desura.desktop file by a text editor:
#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=Game Manager
Comment=Download and play the best games
Exec=/opt/desura %U

and change the 3 lines for the new ones:
Exec=/opt/desura/desura %U

3. The 3th problem I saw is about downloading and installing the client from the project server.
After downloading and installing the script started the same procedure again and again.
It means it did not stop/close the process/window itself.
Just after installing/updating the client I stopped the process via Cencel button.



SparkyLinux 3.6 GameOver WebDir Classifieds

January 3rd, 2015 6 comments


SparkyLinux 3.6 “GameOver” is out.

“GameOver” is a special edition of Sparky targeted to gamers. It has been built on the top of the SparkyLinux 3.6 “Annagerman” and it’s fully compatible with Debian “testing” Jessie.

What is under the hood of GameOver 3.6 ?
– Linux kernel 3.16.0-4 (3.16.7-ckt2-1)
– all packages upgraded from Debian testing repositories as of 2014/12/31
– lxde-common 0.99.0-1
– openbox 3.5.2-8
– PCManFM 1.2.3-1
– Iceweasel 34.0-1
– vlc 2.2.0-rc2
– steam & steam-launcher
– desura for linux
– wine & playonlinux
– grub 2.02~beta2-19

Liquorix repository is enabled as default. It lets you upgrade the Linux kernel up to version 3.18 and Wine up to version 1.7 after installation Sparky on a hard drive

New applications:
– Sparky APTus Gamer – a small tool which lets you install all available system’s and machine’s game emulators. Most of them is located in Debian repos, and a few in Sparky repo as well
– Desura Installer – lets you install Desura client for Linux via one click
– EPSXE – (enhanced PSX emulator) is a PlayStation video game console emulator
– Kega Fusion – (also known simply as Fusion) is a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis emulator by Steve Snake and the third and final emulator of the Kega-series
– PPSSPP – is an open source PSP emulator available for Windows, MacOS, Linux and Android

A set of emulators of old machines and systems available via the package manager and Sparky APTus Gamer: AdvenceMENU, Atari800, DeSmuME, Desura Installer, DOSBox, DOSEMU, ePSXe, FCEUX, FS-UAE, GNOME Video Arcade, Hatari, Higan, Hega Fusion, MAME, Mednafen, MESS, Nestopia, PCSX, PlayOnLinux, PPSSPP, Steam, Stella, VisualBoyAdvance, Virtual Jaguar, Wine, Winetricks, Yabause, ZSNES.

Sparky APTus Gamer

A set of preinstalled games : 0ad, 3dchess, airstrike, alienblaster, amphetamine, antigravitaattori, armagetronad, asciijump, asylum, atomix, balder2d, barrage, berusky, billard-gl, biniax2, black-box, blobby, bloaboats, blockout2, brainparty, btanks, bygfoot, chromium-bsu, einstein, extremetuxracer, five-or-more, flare, 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

For some reasons I had to remove all previously preinstalled game emulators.
Adding the new tool Sparky APTus Gamer should help you installing any emulator.

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

Minimum system requirements for SparkyLinux “GameOver” :
– CPU i586 / 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)

In a case of any problem with the live installer, you can try to use the older one as well (BIOS machines only):
sudo sparkylinux-installer
sudo sparkylinux-installer gui

New iso images of SparkyLinux you can grab from our download page :

SparkyLinux 3.6 GameOver

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim:


Updates 2014/12/31 WebDir Classifieds

December 31st, 2014 No comments


It’s the last update in Sparky repo as of 2014 year.

New apps in Sparky repo:
1. Sparky APTus Gamer – a small tool which lets you install all available system’s and machine’s game emulators. Most of them is located in Debian repos, and a few in Sparky repo as well.

Sparky APTus Gamer

2. Desura Installer – lets you install Desura client for Linux via one click.

Desura Installer

3. EPSXE – (enhanced PSX emulator) is a PlayStation video game console emulator.

4. Kega Fusion – (also known simply as Fusion) is a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis emulator by Steve Snake and the third and final emulator of the Kega-series.

5. PPSSPP – is an open source PSP emulator available for Windows, MacOS, Linux and Android.


Updates in our repo:
1. VeraCrypt 1.0f (a fork of TrueCrypt)

Minnor changes including dependency fixing and small improvements:
2. sparky3-theme 0.1.2
3. sparky-backup-apps 0.1.5
4. sparky-icon-set 0.1.1
5. sparky-users 0.1.1

Happy New 2015 Year !!!