Posts Tagged ‘linux’

SparkyLinux 3.6-dev1 Budgie WebDir Classifieds

February 2nd, 2015 No comments


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 3 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 !!!


Sparky Codecs Installer WebDir Classifieds

December 22nd, 2014 No comments


SparkyLinux Base spins are shipped with no multimedia codecs preinstalled.
As one of our community member suggested I have made a small tool which lets you install all multimedia codecs and web browser plugins via one click.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-codecs

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you make full system upgrade, the package ‘sparky-codecs’ will be installed automatically as a dependency for ‘sparky-aptus-0.2.3′.

To launch it, go to Sparky APTus-> Install-> Install Multimedia Codecs.

Sparky APTus


SparkyLinux 3.6 Enlightenment19, JWM, Openbox & CLI WebDir Classifieds

December 19th, 2014 2 comments


SparkyLinux 3.6 Enlightenment19, JWM, Openbox and CLI is out.

ISO images of Sparky 3.6 e19, JWM and Openbox belong to the Base Edition.
Base Edition features core system, X server, window manager, web browser, text editor and a few tools. All the ISO images of Base Editions 3.6 are codecs free. It means that they don’t have preinstallled multimedia codecs, players, editors or plugins.

SparkyLinux 3.6 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.

SparkyLinux e19

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

The look of the JWM and Openbox desktops have been slightly improved + installed Sparky default theme and icon set.

SparkyLinux JWM    SparkyLinux Openbox

System has been synchronized with Debian “testing” repository as of 15/12/2014.

New iso images features as well:
– Linux kernel 3.16.0-4 (3.16.7-ckt2-1)
– grub 2.02~beta2-18
– jwm 2.1.0+svn579-2
– openbox 3.5.2-8
– pcmanfm 1.2.3-1 (jwm & openbox editions only)
– enlightenment19 – 0.19.1 – compiled from git repository up to version with:
– EFL & Elementary 1.12.1
– Python-EFL 1.12.0
– Terminology 0.7

The latest version of Enlightenment 0.19.2 is available in Sparky repository as a regular update.

New applications in Sparky repo:
– XnViewMP 0.71 – free photo editor, manager and viewer
– Master PDF Editor – a convenient and smart XPS and PDF editor

The minimal iso image of CLI Edition has gotten additional tool: wicd-curses
Sparky CLI doesn’t support installation on EFi machines.

Use the new iso images to perform fresh Sparky installation.
If you have Sparky installed already on your hard drive, make full system upgrade (as root):
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get install -f

In a case of any problem visit our forums.
In a case of any problem with the default live installer, try to use the older installer which can be run by the command:
sudo sparkylinux-installer gui
sudo sparkylinux-installer
The old installer doesn’t work on machines with EFI.

New iso images of SparkyLinux for 32 and 64 bit machines can be downloaded from our download page.
Following changes in Debian testing, the 32 bit kernel is targeted for i586 (non-pae) machines now.

All wallpapers can be downloaded from out account on sourceforge

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim:


XnViewMP WebDir Classifieds

December 18th, 2014 2 comments


New application landed in Sparky repo: XnViewMP 0.71 – free photo editor, manager and viewer.

XnViewMP is the enhanced version to XnView. It is a powerful cross-platform media browser, viewer and converter. Compatible with more than 500 formats. XnViewMP is provided as FREEWARE (NO Adware, NO Spyware) for private or educational use (including non-profit organizations).

It’s available via Synaptic, APTus, APTus-Extra and apt-get.