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10 years of SparkyLinux!

Exactly 10 years ago, in October 2011, we started a work with a new Linux distribution, and on November 4, 2011 the first beta of our system released.

A bit of history:

Initially, our project began to live under the name ue17r as Ubuntu Enlightenment17 Remix and was a modification of Xubuntu Linux, from which the standard desktop was removed and replaced by Enlightenment 17.
More details on the website (in Polish only): https://linuxiar.pl/ue17r-b1/

After community voting, on January 15, 2012 ue17r renamed to SparkyLinux.
Details on the website (in Polish only): https://linuxiami.pl/konkurs-ue17r-koniec/

That’s how it comes.

Sparky 10 years

SparkyLinux is currently based on Debian and had over 30 major releases, not including the beta and rc releases.
About releases on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SparkyLinux

SparkyLinux enjoys a lot of interest and is appreciated all around the world, as evidenced by positive comments from satisfied users.

So, if you like and use SparkyLinux – please support the project and our work.

Donate

There are our archived versions of ue17r beta3 and SparkyLinux 1.0 available on ArchiveOS.org so you can check and see how the project looked 10 years ago. Keep in mind that this is a prototype and not everything may work properly.

Thank you for being with us and supporting our open-source projects – we hope it will be continued for many more years!

Aneta & Paweł

Informacja w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/10-lat-sparkylinux/

Sparky 2021.10

Sparky 2021.10 of the (semi-)rolling line is out; it is based on Debian testing “Bookworm”.

This iso update provides:
– all packages upgraded as of October 12, 2021
– Linux kernel 5.14.9
– Calamares 3.2.44.3
– i386 libs removed from amd64 iso images
– small improvements

No reinstallation is required if you installed Sparky 2021.09, simply keep it up to date.

New iso images of Sparky semi-rolling can be downloaded from the download/rolling page

Kotatogram Desktop

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Kotatogram Desktop

What is Kotatogram Desktop?

Kotatogram – experimental Telegram Desktop fork.

Features:
– Local folders
– Forward to multiple chats and forward without author
– Custom font
– Compact chat list
– Custom text replaces
– Change sticker size
– Adaptive chat bubbles
– and other smaller features.

Installation (Sparky 6 & 7 amd64):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install kotatogram-desktop

Kotatogram Desktop

License: GNU GPL 3.0
Web: github.com/kotatogram/kotatogram-desktop

Sparky news 2021/09

The 9th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2021:

– Linux kernel updated up to version 5.14.9 & 5.15-rc3
– Added to repos: SonoBus, The Lounge, KDiskMark, Webapp-Manager
– Sparky 2021.09 & 2021.09 Special Editions of the rolling line released
– waterfox-current-kpe package changed name to waterfox-g3-kpe
– Sway desktop configured in APTus AppCenter

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

Big thanks to all of you responding to our request of a new disk, it will be purchased soon.

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

Country
Supporter
Amount
Germany
Olaf T.
€ 10
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
UK
Ralf A.
€ 35
USA
Ryan S.
€ 25
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 70
Poland
Marek M.
PLN 10
World
Mitchel V.
$ 50
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Nick V.
$ 5
Poland
Paweł S.
PLN 40
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Sebastian K.
€ 10
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
World
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Magdalena T.
€ 4.24
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Łukasz S.
PLN 50
Poland
Tomasz W.
PLN 100
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
UK
Harry T.
€ 10
France
Aymeric L.
€ 10
World
John C.
€ 20
World
Jorg S.
€ 5
World
William S.
€ 50
World
Caleb M.
€ 60
Germany
Michael D.
€ 6.30
World
Bjorn H.
€ 15
World
Lars M.
€ 12
Poland
Caleb M.
€ 10
USA
Albert A.
€ 25.55
Poland
Maciej P.
PLN 22
Poland
Sebastian K.
PLN 50
Poland
Marcin B.
PLN 10
Poland
Bartosz S.
PLN 50
Poland
Grzegorz B.
PLN 14
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
Poland
Grzegorz B.
PLN 50
Total:
84%
€ 341.75
PLN 696
$ 70

* 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.

KDiskMark

There is a new application available for Sparkers: KDiskMark

What is KDiskMark?

KDiskMark is an HDD and SSD benchmark tool with a very friendly graphical user interface. KDiskMark with its presets and powerful GUI calls Flexible I/O Tester and handles the output to provide an easy to view and interpret comprehensive benchmark result. The application is written in C++ with Qt and doesn’t have any KDE dependencies.

Features:
– Configurable block size, queues, and threads count for each test
– Many languages support
– Report generation

Installation (Sparky 6 & 7 amd64):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install kdiskmark

KDiskMark

License: GNU GPL 3.0
Web: github.com/JonMagon/KDiskMark

Sway

A new desktop has been implemented to APTus AppCenter: Sway

What is Sway

Sway is a tiling Wayland compositor and a drop-in replacement for the i3 window manager for X11. It works with your existing i3 configuration and supports most of i3’s features, plus a few extras.

Installation (Sparky 7 only)
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

then install Sway via APTus AppCenter-> Desktops-> Sway icon (recommended way).

It comes with basic configuration and a few tools, such as:
– Alacritty – a terminal emulator for Wayland
– bemenu – lets you launch an application; it can be started via left bottom icon or a shotcut: mod+d
– Swaylock – a desktop lock for Wayland
– Swayidle – an idle management daemon for Wayland
– Xbacklight – a simple utility to set the backlight level
– nmtui – a CLI network manager
– Xwayland – lets you launch some applications from X window server
– and a few small apps

Sway on Sparky 7

It will be configured to Sparky Advanced Installer to let you install it from a Sparky Minimal ISO too.

Informacja w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/sway

Sparky 2021.09

Sparky 2021.09 of the (semi-)rolling line is out; it is based on Debian testing “Bookworm”.

Changes:
– repositories set to Debian “Bookworm” and Sparky “Orion Belt”
– all packages updated as of September 17, 2021
– new backgrounds: desktop, login manager, plymouth & boot screen, etc.
– Linux kernel 5.10.46 (5.14.6 & 5.15-rc1 in Sparky unstable repos)
– GCC 10 still as default, but GCC 11 is also installed
– no more Sparky Advanced Installed GUI; the Advanced installer works in text mode only now; the first window lets you choose the standard version of the installer or DEV version with disk encryption and LVM support;
– ‘sparky-upgrade’ text based tool is also preinstalled in CLI iso
– packages removed from iso: mc, gparted
– new package installed: lfm
– Calamares 3.2.43

No system reinstallation is required, if you installed Sparky using 2019.x, 2020.x, 2021.x or 6.0 iso image. If you would like to keep Sparky rolling, change Debian repos to ‘bookworm’ and Sparky repos to ‘orion’: https://sparkylinux.org/new-testing-line-of-sparky-7/
and make full system upgrade:
sparky-upgrade

Sparky 7 Xfce

New iso images of Sparky semi-rolling can be downloaded from the download/rolling page

Many thanks to all community members for supporting and helping Sparky project.

Informacja o wydaniu w języku polskim: https://linuxiarze.pl/sparky-2021-09/

The Lounge

There is a new application available for Sparkers: The Lounge

What is The Lounge?

Modern web IRC client designed for self-hosting.

Overview:
– Modern features brought to IRC. Push notifications, link previews, new message markers, and more bring IRC to the 21st century.
– Always connected. Remains connected to IRC servers while you are offline.
– Cross platform. It doesn’t matter what OS you use, it just works wherever Node.js runs.
– Responsive interface. The client works smoothly on every desktop, smartphone and tablet.
– Synchronized experience. Always resume where you left off no matter what device.

Installation (Sparky 6 & 7):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install thelounge

The Lounge

License: MIT
Web: github.com/thelounge/thelounge

SonoBus

There is a new application available for Sparkers: SonoBus

What is SonoBus?

SonoBus is an easy to use application for streaming high-quality, low-latency peer-to-peer audio between devices over the internet or a local network.

Simply choose a unique group name (with optional password), and instantly connect multiple people together to make music, remote sessions, podcasts, etc. Easily record the audio from everyone, as well as playback any audio content to the whole group.

Installation (Sparky 6 & 7):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sonobus

SonoBus

License: GNU GPL 3
Web: github.com/sonosaurus/sonobus/

Sparky news 2021/08

The 8th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2021:
– Linux kernel updated up to version 5.14.0
– Added to repos: Cinerella video editor, Gammy screen brightness/temperature tool, Pinta graphics editor, Ulauncher
– Sparky 6.0 “Po Tolo” released
– new repos of Sparky 7 “Orion Belt” (next stable; semi-rolling/testing now) created

Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects. Your donations help keeping them alive.

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

Country
Supporter
Amount
Germany
Olaf T.
€ 10
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
World
Stefan L.
$ 5
World
Mitchel V.
$ 50
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Nick V.
$ 5
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 70
Poland
Jerzy W.
PLN 50
World
Robert H.
€ 11
World
Joseph G.
€ 6
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
Poland
Paweł S.
PLN 40
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
World
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Poland
Magdalena T.
€ 4.23
World
Daniel B.
€ 10
World
Jeremy Y.
€ 40
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 5
World
Lev P.
€ 5
Italy
Girolamo S.
€ 5
World
Aymeric L.
€ 10
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
World
Stephen E.
€ 20
Poland
Maciej P.
PLN 22
Poland
Michał M.
PLN 10
Italy
Paolo R.
€ 150
World
Aggeusz K.
€ 10
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 10
Poland
Barbara & Tomasz Z.
PLN 50
Poland
Dariusz B.
PLN 50
Total:
76%
€ 317.89
PLN 537
$ 75

* 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.

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