Why Sparky?
SparkyLinux is a GNU/Linux distribution created on the top of Debian GNU/Linux operating system.

Sparky is fast, lightweight and fully customizable OS which offers a few versions for different users and different tasks, such as:

• fully featured OS with a lightweight desktop environment, which works out of the box and contain a selection of pré installed common use software for home users;
• MinimalGUI with Openbox window manager preinstalled only with basic software installed for users whose want to configure their OS/desktop as they want, on the top of Debian + any desktop environment or window manager they like;
• 3 Special Editions for different tasks:
* GameOver for gamers (Xfce);
* Multimedia for audio, video and html pages creating (Xfce);
* Rescue for fixing broken OS or so (Openbox);
• MinimalCLI with no X server – for last, but not less important in any way, for advanced users whose want to build and configure their desktops in own way;

Sparky supports about 20 desktop environments and window managers giving you freedom of choice, having in mind that your computer is made for working, having fun, entertainment, keeping in touch with friends, and many, many other things.

Sparky “stable flavor” is the best choice to change your existing, other operating system and try a GNU/Linux distribution without need of installation and changing your computer partition table.

Sparky “rolling (testing) flavor” is targeted to more advanced users, whose don’t afraid of a little less stable version of applications, and want to work with/on latest version of offered the software.

If you like Sparky, simply install it side to side or over your present OS.

Main features of Sparky
– Debian based
– stable or (semi-)rolling release
– lightweight, fast & simple
– your favorite desktops to choose
– special editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue
– CLI Edition (no X) for building customized desktop
– most wireless and mobile network cards supported
– set of selected applications, multimedia codecs and plugins
– own repository with a large set of additional applications
– easy hard drive / USB installation

In general, Sparky is not targeted to Linux beginners, rather to users with some amount of Linux knowledge.
Anyway, the Linux beginners are welcome too – our forums is open for any question.

Is Sparky free?
Yes, Sparky was, is and always will be free of charge for end users.
Simply grab Sparky iso image, burn it to a blank CD/DVD disk or copy to a flash USB disk and use it to launch your computer.

Does Sparky need your support?
Yes, we don’t sell Sparky, so we don’t earn money.
Your support, tip, donation can keep Sparky alive.



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  1. Hi Pavroo,

    Thanks for a fabulous work with Sparky Linux. I am using it since back 10 or more years ago, specially with low powered computers and it is just fine! I recommend it to my family and friends, they have used it and their experience is also very good.

    Thank you again. Really I do not find the words to express how grateful I am for an excellent work. Today is very rare to find out a distro that has a good balance between responsiveness and usefulness (and of course also stability thanks to Debian).

    Please keep up the good work. Cheers!!

  2. Hi Pavroo,

    An update on torrents. Transmission does not seem to work at all, for any torrent, and I’m running it on Debian stable!

    Completely unrelated, but have you ever considered releasing SparkyLinux as IMG files, because these are apparently naturally persistent when run from a live usb drive?

  3. Hello Sparky developers,

    i have found a problem with your torrent files.
    Since minimum the last 3 or 4 releases of all your torrents for all Sparky builds works not with the Transmission Bittorrent Client. I am use atm v3.00 with all updates.
    Then i try qBittorrent latest updatet versions and all works fine.
    But i use only Transmission and i mean alot others also becouze low power. low memory and more, with maximum resulsts and more.
    So i did look in the torrent file itself and think the problem is the torrent builder u use?! i mean the qbittorrent has dont some changes in building torrents and here is the result, that transmission-bt cant use this files correct!
    1 only file has mostly worked but the rest of all wont work alltimes…, so plz test it urself with ALL your torrent files.

    Thx for your releases, time to test out and hopefully understanding my words…

    • Due to a problem with my default torrent app, I changed it a few months ago, and, in fact, torrents can not be use in Transmission, sorry. Anyway, torrents of a next release will be created with my default app back, so should be working back with Transmission.

  4. A great operating system for reusing low-resource computers. I have installed it on several computers with good results. I recommend and support it.

  5. SparkyLinux 5.16 (Nibiru) currently works at my IBM T42 (Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.70GHz, 2GB RAM) with current kernel 4.19.0-20-686. Excellent, didn’t expect to find an up-to-date OS for this oldtimer PC (born around 2005 🙂

  6. Installed it on my 8 year old HP 2000 laptop. 16GB RAM (Expanded from original 4GB), 500GB SSD (replaced original HDD). Inter core i3. Runs like a dream…

  7. Hi

    just installed Sparky on an old eeepc (=32b, 12 y old, 2gb Ram … ) alongside Lubuntu. Very happy with it: lightweight, wifi-hardware is well supported.

    For a beginner on “normal” hardware, I would recommend “normal” ubuntu.

    Keep up the good work!

  8. Ken it sounds like you are new to Linux, Sparky might not be a good choice for a first Linux OS in your case, why not have a look at Ubuntu Mate as your first experience as it is windows like in looks and very easy to install. And they have a great community with lots of advice on the web on how to solve issues.

  9. When I was about to download, I was faced with some very confusing Sparky choices that were NEVER explained. It said I could download:
    1. LXQt or
    2. Xfce or
    3. Mate
    What the hell does any of that mumbo jumbo even mean? What’s the difference? Which one is the media one and which one is the gaming one? I decided to say screw it and stick with windows until I know what that Sparky terminology means.

    • Those are 3 different Desktop environments. If you want more info, do what I did, google them. Personally I like Cinnamon. Its very comfortable like Windows 7, but is a bit different, in a nice way. Also, the gaming addition is just lower on the page, but you could start with any, then just install what you like through APTus. It’s an awesome tool. any more questions, leave MS & go to the forum.

    • These things LXQt, Xfce, Mate are different versions of DE= desktop environments.
      Choice and customization are one of the great things about open source operating systems, such as Gnu/Linux.

    • Ken it sounds like you are new to Linux, Sparky might not be a good choice for a first Linux OS in your case, why not have a look at Ubuntu Mate as your first experience as it is windows like in looks and very easy to install. And they have a great community with lots of advice on the web on how to solve issues.

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