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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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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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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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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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