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SparkyLinux 3.5.1 E19 is out

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October 9th, 2014 No comments

 

SparkyLinux 3.5.1 “Annagerman” Enlightenment 19 is ready to go.

What is “under the hood” of SparkyLinux 3.5.1 E19?

ISO image of SparkyLinux 3.5.1 E19 Live/Install provides packages updating from Debian ‘testing’ repository and updating Enlightenment packages from the git repository.

The Enlightenment packages have been updated up to version 0.19.19.18964.
The system runs on Linux kernel 3.16 with systemd 215-5.

This edition joined to the Sparky Base Edition group.
What does it mean?
The ISO image features base system, X Server, Enlightenment and a minimal set of tools.
You have gotten a ready to use environment to configure it as you like. Install additional applications via Synaptic, Sparky-APTus, Sparky-APTus-Extra or just APT.

SparkyLinux 3.5.1 E19 features two themes for your choice.

1. RadianceE19-Sparky – it’s a RadianceE19 modified theme. The theme has been prepered to be fitted to the Sparky’s default GTK theme ‘Sparky3-theme’ and the icon set ‘NoirCrystal’.
The wallpaper is made by LiquidSky64.

RadianceE19-Sparky

2. Default (the default Enlightenment theme) + DeLorean-Dark GTK theme for integration with GTK based applications.

Dark theme

 

SparkyLinux is rolling release system so you don’t have to reinstall your existing ‘E’ edition.
Simply leave the Enlightenment desktop and make upgrade as following.

E17 users:
apt-get remove e17 && apt-get autoremove
apt-get update
apt-get install e19 dolorean-dark

E18 users:
apt-get remove enlightenment && apt-get autoremove
apt-get update
apt-get install e19 dolorean-dark

Sparky 3.5 E19-dev users (recommended):
apt-get remove e19 && apt-get autoremove
apt-get update
apt-get install e19 dolorean-dark

or (it does not remove ‘e19-dev’ packages):
apt-get apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get install dolorean-dark

Check has been the upgrade done well:
apt-get install -f

 

Wallpapers made by LiquidSky64 + my two modifications – green and gray:

enlightenmentgoldenradianceSparky    enlightenmentgoldenradianceSparky-green
enlightenmentgoldenradianceSparky-gray    CoffeeBreakSparkylinux
8mmb

New iso images of Sparky can be downloaded from the page:
http://sparkylinux.org/download/
Enlightenment themes can be downloaded from sourceforge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/sparkylinux/files/files/themes/

Known issues:
– module ‘cpufreq’ is off in 32 bit edition due to problem with permissions, even set it up as it should be
– module ‘systray’ still doesn’t work, so it’s off too. The system tray is provided by LXDE panel ‘lxpanel’ (minimalized)
– libglib2.0 2.40.0-5 and its libs have been not upgraded to the newest version 2.42.0-1 due to an issue – don’t upgrade it and wait for a newer version

 
Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim -> http://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-3-5-1-e19

 

Payment day

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October 8th, 2014 1 comment

 

Donate As you known SparkyLinux is a non-profit project, we don’t sale anything so we don’t earn money.
But we pay bills for hosting server (vps), domain, the power (electricity), broaband (internet connection), etc. from our personal, home budget.

It’s time to pay for our server again, the time goes very fast.

We need to pay 1200 PLN (380 US Dollars about) until 9th of Nov 2014 for our VPS.
We have paid other bills already.

So if you can donate to keep Sparky alive, please do.
Any donation will be very helpful.
Visit the donation page to find out how to send money.
Aneta & Pawel

 

SparkyLinux 3.5 MATE, Xfce, Openbox & JWM is out

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September 25th, 2014 No comments

 

SparkyLinux 3.5 “Annagerman” MATE, Xfce and Base Openbox & JWM is out.

New Live/Install iso images provide packages update and a few changes.
All packages have been synchronized with Debian “testing” repository as of 22/09/2014.

Base Edition is available in two separated flavours now: Openbox and JWM.
JWM Edition offers traditional desktop look and minimal set of applications as well as Openbox Edition. JWM Edition uses a little less the computer’s power even that Openbox and can be used on old machines. Sparky JWM 32 bit consumes less that 90 MB of RAM memory after installation on a hard drive.

All multimedia packages have been removed from Base Editions so both of them are codecs free now.

The system runs on Linux kernel 3.14.2 (3.14.15-2) and offers:
– MATE 1.8.1
– Xfce 4.10.1
– Openbox 3.2.5-7
– JWM 2.1.0
– ‘Custom ISO Builder’ – lets you rebuild iso images of SparkyLinux
– ‘Sparky-APTus-Extra’ – lets you quick install additional applications from SparkyLinux repository
– ‘Sparky Conky Manager’ has been updated up to version 0.1.6 having new option which lets change the color
– ‘TrueCrypt’ has been removed from the system – the reason is well known for everybody for sure. There is zuluCrypt available in our repo, which offers a CLI and GUI front-end for ‘cryptsetup’.

Added new repository and the public keys:
– virtualbox
– liquorix
– google earth
– google talk plugin
– google music manager

Additional repositories are off.
To activate a new repo go to Synaptic-> Repository or Sparky APTus-> Repository-> Additional Repository Edition

SparkyLinux Base Edition JWM

 
All the ISO images can be downloaded from http://sparkylinux.org/download/

 

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Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim:
http://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-3-5-mate-xfce-openbox-jwm/

 

SparkyLinux 3.5 LXDE, Razor-Qt, CLI, E18 & E19-dev is out

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September 6th, 2014 No comments

 

SparkyLinux 3.5 “Annagerman” LXDE, Razor-Qt, CLI, Enlightenment 18 & 19-dev is out.

New Live/Install iso images provide up to date packages and a few changes.
All packages have been synchronized with Debian “testing” repositories as of 02/09/2014.
The system runs on Linux kernel 3.14.2 (3.14.15-2).

This time the Enlightenment edition is available in two versions:
– E18 – the stable line
– E19-dev (0.19.0.18850) – development packages compiled from git repository as of 02/09/2014 – for beta testers.

New application “Custom ISO Builder” lets you rebuild iso images of SparkyLinux and some other images similar to Sparky, check HowTo: http://sparkylinux.org/custom-iso-builder-howto-part-1/

New tool ‘Sparky-APTus-Extra’ lets you quick install additional applications from SparkyLinux repo, such as:
– Custom ISO Builder
– DEB Package Builder
– Dropbox
– Eraser
– JDownloader Installer
– Live USB Creator
– Nightingale
– RSSOwl
– SeaMonkey
– Skype
– SpiderOak
– Steam
– TeamViewer
– TOR Browser
– TrueCrypt
– VMware Player Installer
– zuluCrypt
– and a few sparky tools

New applications added to our repository:
– Spideroak
– TOR-Browser
– VMware Player On-Line Installer
– JDownloader On-Line Installer
– zuluCrypt

Sparky Conky Manager has been updated up to version 0.1.6 having a new option which lets you change the color.

Added new repository and the public keys:
– virtualbox
– liquorix
– google earth
– google talk plugin
– google music manager

Additional repositories are off.
To activate a new repo go to Synaptic-> Repository or Sparky APTus-> Repository-> Additional Repository Edition.

TrueCrypt has been removed from the system – the reason is well known for sure.
There is zuluCrypt available in our repo, which offers a CLI and GUI front-end for ‘cryptsetup’.

If you’d like to test E19 you have to remove all old E17/18 packages and its libs:
apt-get remove enlightenment terminology
apt-get autoremove

Then:
apt-get update
apt-get install e19

Known problems of Sparky E19-dev edition:
– no icons
– terminology doesn’t work

 
All the ISO images can be downloaded from http://sparkylinux.org/download/

 

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Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim: http://linuxiarze.pl/sparkylinux-3-5-lxde-razor-qt-cli-e18-e19-dev/

 

Sparky APTus Extra

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August 20th, 2014 No comments

 

There is a new, small application called ‘Sparky-APTus-Extra’ available in our repository.
It lets you install some ‘popular’ tools via just one click.

APTus-Extra supports installation some applications such as:
– Custom ISO Builder
– DEB Package Builder
– Dropbox
– Eraser
– Live USB Creator
– Nightingale
– RSSOwl
– SeaMonkey
– Skype
– SpiderOak
– Steam
– TeamViewer
– TOR Browser
– VMware Player Installer
– and a few sparky’s tools

APTus Extra

Most of the apps can be installed directly from sparky repo.
There is only one different than others – VMware Player Installer. The script can download VMware Player package from VMware server, install it, upgrade and remove.

vmplayer-installer

 

Custom ISO Builder HowTo part 1

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August 14th, 2014 No comments

 

Custom ISO Builder Part 1 – Rebuilding
Custom ISO Builder Part 2 – Building a new remix

 

Custom ISO Builder is a tool which lets you rebuild an existing iso image and build new, personalized iso image on the top of en existing one.

The application is designed to work with SparkyLinux iso images, but it’s compatible with others live Linux distributions based on Debian GNU/Linux.

The application has simply structure (like all my “babies”) and it’s based on Yad (yet another dialog).
It’s rather “semi-automated” then “fully-automated” tool and requires a little bit of knowledge about operations to be done.
It means it doesn’t let you use your mouse only and do clik, clik, clik :)

But I think it should not be too difficult for anybody and this short tutorial will show you all important things.

The part 1 is about rebuilding an existing iso image.

1. Choose “Rebuild” option to start it.

Main window

2. Next “Unpack ISO” to unpack an iso image.

Unpacking

3. Now you have to choose a directory which will be used for all operations.
Remember to choose the same directory for every next operation.

CIB

4. You can create a new folder.
Remember to use separated subfolders for every next iso image you’d like to work with.

Working dir

5. Choose an iso image to be unpacked.

ISO image

6. Wait until the iso image will be unpacked. Depends on your computer power and the iso image size, the process can take between 10 – 60 seconds.

Unpacking iso image

7. Now you can edit all the files located on the iso image using Midnight Commander file manager – the option “Files”.
Remember to choose the same directory for every operation you chosen on the beginning.

Working dir

 

Midnight Commander

8. The next function “Edit” lets you edit two options of the iso image:
– CUSTOMISO=”your-new-name.iso”
– ISOCUSTOMVOLID=”My ISO Image”

Edit

9. After finishing all preparations you can start rebuilding process using “Rebuild” option.

Building iso

10. If everything went well, your rebuilt iso image and new md5sum files will be stored in your working directory.

New iso image

 

This job lets rebuild an iso image without touching its live system’s files structure.
It’s helpful in a case of an iso image booting problem for example.
Rebuilding booting options or the bootloader can solve some of the problems.

In the second part of the guide I will show you how to fully rebuild and personalize an iso image to make new, remixed iso image based on SparkyLinux.

 
Back to -> FAQ main page
 

Custom ISO Builder 0.1.2

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August 2nd, 2014 No comments

 

I have found a bug which didn’t let me chroot properly and build updated iso image.
It’s fixed now, so upgrade the application to the newest version.

Remember, that Custom ISO Builder is still under development so it can by buggy and makes some problems.

If you find something abnormal, report it on our forums, please.

 

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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