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Sparky 5.15

There is a next point release of Sparky 5.15 “Nibiru” of the stable line ready to go. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between Sparky 5.14 and 5.15:
* system upgraded from Debian & Sparky stable repos as of May 2, 2021
* Linux kernel 4.19.181 (PC)
* Linux kernel 5.10.17-v7+ (ARMHF)
* Firefox 78.10.0esr
* Thunderbird 78.10.0
* VLC 3.0.12
* LibreOffice 6.1.5-3
* LXQt 0.14.1
* Xfce 4.12.5
* Openbox 3.6.1-8
* small improvements
* fonts Sans set to size 11

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.x installed, make full system upgrade:

sparky-upgrade

or:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

or via the System Upgrade tool.

Sparky 5 is available in the following flavours:
– amd64 & i686: LXQt, Xfce, MinimalGUI (Openbox) & MinimalCLI (text mode)
– armhf: Openbox & CLI (text mode)

New live/install media of the stable line can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

Sparky news 2021/04

The 4th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2021:
– Linux kernel updated up to version 5.12.0
– added to repos: Ventoy, Yad based Ventoy-GUI, Sunflower twin panel’s file manager, Google Messages for Desktop, Rocket.Chat Desktop, ProtonMail Bridge, uGet Integrator, KGet Integrator
– some preps to a next point release 5.15 “Nibiru”

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects, specially in this difficult days. Your donations help keeping them amd us alive.

Don’t forget to send a small tip in May too, please.

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Germany
Olaf T.
€ 10
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Karol N.
PLN 30
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 70
World
Stefan L.
$ 5
World
Drc
$ 50
World
Alexey
$ 5
World
Mitchel V.
$ 50
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Ryan S.
€ 25
Poland
Władysław K.
PLN 20
World
Jaime S.
€ 4
Poland
Sebastian K.
PLN 50
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
World
Marcel R.
€ 100
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
Poland
Grzegorz B.
PLN 24
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
Germany
Sherzodkhon B.
€ 50
Poland
Magdalena T.
€ 4.24
Poland
Robert M.
PLN 100
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
France
Aymeric L.
€ 10
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 5
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
Poland
Maciej P.
PLN 22
France
David L.
€ 20
USA
Anthony R.
€ 10
UK
Ralf A.
€ 10
Poland
Paweł S.
PLN 33.33
World
Stephan W.
€ 30
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 5
Total:
84%
€ 309.9
PLN 589.33
$ 135

* Keep in mind that some amounts coming to us will be reduced by commissions for online payment services. Only direct sending donations to our bank account will be credited in full.

* Miej na uwadze, że kwota, którą przekażesz nam poprzez system płatności on-line zostanie pomniejszona o prowizję dla pośrednika. W całości wpłynie tylko ta, która zostanie przesłana bezpośrednio na nasze konto bankowe.

uGet & KGet Integrators

There are two new tools available for Sparkers: uGet & KGet Integrators

What is uGet?

uGet is a lightweight yet powerful Open Source download manager for GNU/Linux developed with GTK+, which also comes packaged as a portable Windows app.

What is KGet?

KGet is a versatile and user-friendly download manager.

What is uGet Integrator?

Integrate uGet Download Manager with Google Chrome, Chromium, Opera, Vivaldi and Mozilla Firefox.

What is KGet Integrator?

KGet Integration captures the downloads to download them in KGet. This application is designed for Linux. This work was heavily based on the uGet Integrator. Most changes are the name, variables and icons. Plus the kget-integrator is smaller as KGet supports less features.

uGet Integrator installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install uget-integrator

KGet Integrator installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install kget-integrator

uGet

uGet Integrator License: GNU GPLv3
uGet Integrator Web: github.com/ugetdm/uget-integrator

KGet Integrator License: GNU GPLv3
KGet Integrator Web: github.com/NicolasGuilloux/KGet-Integrator

 

ProtonMail Bridge

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: ProtonMail Bridge

What is ProtonMail?

ProtonMail is the world’s largest encrypted email service with millions of users. ProtonMail offers encrypted email, which makes it virtually impossible for anyone to read it except the sender and the recipient.

What is ProtonMail Bridge?

ProtonMail Bridge is an application available to all paid users that enables the integration of your ProtonMail account with popular email clients, such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or Apple Mail. Bridge runs in the background by seamlessly encrypting and decrypting messages as they enter and leave your computer. The app is compatible with most email clients supporting IMAP and SMTP protocols.

Installation (Sparky 5 & 6 amd64):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install protonmail-bridge

License: GNU GPLv3
Web: github.com/ProtonMail/proton-bridge

 

Rocket.Chat Desktop

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Rocket.Chat Desktop

What is Rocket.Chat?

Rocket.Chat is a reliable communication platform for high-private team chatting and collaboration. Highly scalable, our solution increases business efficiency by bringing messages, video calls, file sharing and all team communication into one place.
Desktop application for Rocket.Chat is available for macOS, Windows and Linux using Electron.

Features:
– Team Collaboration
– Remote Work
– Multi-platform
– Highly Configurable
– File sharing
– Tex Math rendering
– Video conferencing
– Screen sharing
– Multiple Integrations

Installation (Sparky 5 & 6 amd64):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install rocketchat

or via APTus -> IM -> Rocket.Chat icon.

Rocket.Chat

License: MIT
Web: github.com/RocketChat/Rocket.Chat.Electron

 

Ventoy

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Ventoy

What is Ventoy?

Ventoy is an open source tool to create bootable USB drive for ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files.
With ventoy, you don’t need to format the disk over and over, you just need to copy the image files to the USB drive and boot it. You can copy many image files at a time and ventoy will give you a boot menu to select them.
x86 Legacy BIOS, IA32 UEFI, x86_64 UEFI, ARM64 UEFI and MIPS64EL UEFI are supported in the same way.
Both MBR and GPT partition style are supported in the same way.

Features:
– 100% open source
– Simple to use
– Fast (limited only by the speed of copying iso file)
– Can be installed in USB/Local Disk/SSD/NVMe/SD Card
– Directly boot from ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files, no extraction needed
– No need to be continuous in disk for ISO/IMG files
– MBR and GPT partition style supported (1.0.15+)
– x86 Legacy BIOS, IA32 UEFI, x86_64 UEFI, ARM64 UEFI, MIPS64EL UEFI supported
– IA32/x86_64 UEFI Secure Boot supported (1.0.07+)
– Persistence supported (1.0.11+)
– Windows auto installation supported (1.0.09+)
– RHEL7/8/CentOS/7/8/SUSE/Ubuntu Server/Debian … auto installation supported (1.0.09+)
– FAT32/exFAT/NTFS/UDF/XFS/Ext2(3)(4) supported for main partition
– ISO files larger than 4GB supported
– Native boot menu style for Legacy & UEFI
– Most type of OS supported, 650+ iso files tested
– Linux vDisk boot supported
– Not only boot but also complete installation process
– Menu dynamically switchable between List/TreeView mode
– “Ventoy Compatible” concept
– Plugin Framework
– Injection files to runtime environment
– Boot configuration file dynamically replacement
– Highly customizable theme and menu
– USB drive write-protected support
– USB normal use unaffected
– Data nondestructive during version upgrade
– No need to update Ventoy when a new distro is released

Installation (Sparky 5 & 6):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install ventoy

or via APTus -> System-> Ventoy icon.

Usage:
sudo Ventoy2Disk
sudo VentoyWeb
sudo VentoyWebDeepin
sudo CreatePersistentImg

Ventoy

License: GNU General Public License v3.0
Web: github.com/ventoy/Ventoy

 

Sparky news 2021/03

The 3rd monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2021:
* Linux kernel updated up to version 5.11.11 & 5.12-rc4
* Sparky 2021.03 of the semi-rolling line released
* added to repos: Sparky System, MultiOS-USB, Polo file manager, Filmulator-GUI, broadcom-bt-firmware (thanks to Darek)
* Sparky 2021.03 Special Editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects, specially in this difficult days. Your donations help keeping them and us alive.

Don’t forget to send a small tip in April too, please.

Country
Supporter
Amount
World
Anja G.
€ 30
Germany
Olaf T.
€ 10
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 10
World
Paolo R.
€ 50
UK
Peter W.
€ 20
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 60
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
World
Nicholas F.
€ 10.75
Poland
Sebastian K.
PLN 50
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
Poland
Paweł S.
PLN 7.77
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
Poland
Aleksander G.
PLN 45
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Stefan L.
$ 5
World
Drc
$ 50
World
Skipper
$ 2.5
World
Alexey
$ 5
World
Mitchel V.
$ 50
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Frederick M.
€ 20
World
Spencer F.
€ 10
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
World
William D.
€ 25
France
Aymeric L.
€ 10
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
Poland
Władysław K.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
Poland
Maciej P.
PLN 22
Poland
Krzysztof T.
PLN 100
UK
Ralf A.
€ 10
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 5
Total:
73%
€ 244.41
PLN 549.77
$ 137.5

* Keep in mind that some amounts coming to us will be reduced by commissions for online payment services. Only direct sending donations to our bank account will be credited in full.

* Miej na uwadze, że kwota, którą przekażesz nam poprzez system płatności on-line zostanie pomniejszona o prowizję dla pośrednika. W całości wpłynie tylko ta, która zostanie przesłana bezpośrednio na nasze konto bankowe.

Filmulator

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Filmulator

What is Filmulator?

Filmulator is a raw photo editing application with library management focusing on: simplicity over flexibility, ease of learning and streamlined workflow.

Filmulator accepts raw files from cameras and simulates the development of film as if exposed to the same light as the camera’s sensor. This brings about several benefits:
– Large bright regions become darker, compressing the output dynamic range.
– Small bright regions make their surroundings darker, enhancing local contrast.
– In bright regions, saturation is enhanced, helping retain color in bright skies, brighter skin tones, and sunsets.
– In extremely saturated regions, the brightness is attenuated, helping retain detail e.g. in flowers.

What is Filmulator-GUI?

A Qt Quick GUI adaptation of Filmulator – a film emulator with all of the positives and none of the negatives.

The program’s design ideology is to have the best tool for any job, and only that one tool. The tradeoff here is a slight decrease in flexibility, but gaining a greatly simplified and streamlined user interface.

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install filmulator-gui

or via APTus -> Graphics-> Filmulator icon.

Filmulator-GUI

Copyright ©2014 Omer Mano and Carlo Vaccari
License: GNU General Public License v3.0
Web: github.com/CarVac/filmulator-gui

 

Sparky 2021.03 Special Editions

Special editions of Sparky 2021.03 GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue released.
The release is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
– system upgraded from Debian testing repos as of March 12, 2021
– Linux kernel 5.10.19 (5.11.6 & 5.12-rc2 in Sparky unstable repos)
– Calamares 3.2.37 + kpmcore 20.12.3
– Sparky APTus AppCenter 20210312
– added extra keyboard shortcuts to Xfce and Openbox
– removed packages: bleachbit

Multimedia:
– Added: Thunderbird email client
– Changed: the default Debian Linux kernel to Debian RealTime Linux kernel

Rescue:
– Added: sparky-xdf, sparky-system
– Changed: Thunar replaced by PCManFM

System reinstallation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui or a text based tool:
sparky-upgrade

or:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New iso images of the special editions can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

MultiOS-USB

There is a new application available for Sparkers: MultiOS-USB

What is MultiOS-USB?

Create a bootable USB flash drive, external HDD or SSD and boot operating systems directly from ISO files (open source). USB disk with multiple ISO files. Easy to use: install, copy ISO files and boot from USB. Display a list of currently supported operating systems.

Features:
– BIOS and UEFI support
– 64-bit (x86_64) UEFI (+ Secure Boot from Fedora) support
– Load UEFI drivers
– Launch .efi executable files and other bootloaders
– Boot from .iso files
– Boot Windows 10 installer and Windows PE more info
– Boot Linux installer from network (experimental)
– Automatic update configuration files
– Without background services
– exFAT filesystem support

Installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install multios-usb

It is a console based tool, so launch it from a terminal:
sudo multios-usb /dev/sdX
* change sdX to your device.

MultiOS-USB

Author: Mexit
License: GNU General Public License v3.0
Web: github.com/Mexit/MultiOS-USB

 

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