LXDE + systemd


Todays system’s upgrading will make some changes.
Using ‘network-manager-gnome’ tool as a default network manager can make some problems in LXDE Sparky desktop.

‘network-manager-gnome’ depends of ‘network-manager’ which depends of ‘libpam-systemd’, which depends of ‘systemd’. So upgrading ‘network-manager-gnome’ will install ‘systemd’ as default.

It doesn’t make a problem on all Sparky desktops excluding LXDE.
It makes a conflict with ‘lxsession-logout’, which works well with the old init system ‘sysvinit’.
After installing ‘systemd’ on LXDE desktop, you can’t power off or reboot the system using standard logout tool.
Removing ‘systemd’ will remove ‘network-manager’ as well.

To fix it make full system ugrade again (I just put extra files to sparky repository now) and install one extra package:
apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get install systemd-sysv

Reboot the system in text terminal:

After that you don’t need ‘sysvinit’ any more.

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Sparky Backup System 0.1.6


The default Sparky backup tool ‘sparky-backup-sys’ has been upgraded up to version 0.1.6.
It provides fixed backup script and the ‘old’ installer.
It can be used on Sparky installation based on the latest iso image of Sparky 3.3 and the older ones as well.

Sparky Backup System features the ‘old’ installer (based on remastersys installer) as default, which lets you install Sparky Backup iso on different partition, disk or machine.
If you prefer to use the new installer you have to install package ‘live-installer’ as well.


Sparky Eraser & TrueCrypt


We have two new packages in the repository, both of them for security fans:

1. TrueCrypt – I don’t have to introduce it – it’s a source-available freeware application used for on-the-fly disks and partitions encryption.

Use Synaptic, Sparky APTus or the command line to install it:
apt-get update
apt-get install truecrypt

2. Sparky Eraser is the second applications.

What is Sparky Eraser and what does it do?
Sparky Eraser is a simply graphical interface for ‘shred’ and ‘wipe’ tools.
Shred can permanently erases files, Wipe erases folders and its directory tree.
Deleted files and folders by Sparky Eraser can’t be recovered easily.
How does the Eraser work?
Eraser GUI has two options to choose:
– File – erases a file
– Directory – erases a folder with everything stored inside.


Confirm erasing after choosing a file or a directory.


All the work will be done by the script.

Eraser can be installed from Sparky repository:
apt-get update
apt-get install sparky-eraser

More information about ‘shred’ and ‘wipe’ can be found on the man pages:
man wipe
man shred


Restricted packages


As you know, it’s not really possible to have support for many devices without non-free drivers.
Sparky similar like a couple other Linux distributions features contrib and non-free packages and drivers. In my way, it helps managing the system easily, specially by new Linux users.

Some people don’t want or don’t like restricted packages in their systems.

There is an easy way to find out what non-free and contrib packages you have installed already.

To do so, install package called ‘vrms’ (Virtual Richard M. Stallman):
apt-get update
apt-get install vrms

Run it with the command (as a regular user):

If you’d like to save the results, run:
vrms > list.txt
The list will be saved in your home directory.

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We have a new packege called “sparky-compton” available in our repository.

Compton is a composite manager – a bug-fixed fork of dcompmgr, which is a fork of xcompmgr.

“Sparky-compton” package providing :
– easy way to install compton
– simply graphical interface with a few option: start, stop, load and edit config file
– sample configuration file, so you don’t need to look for it yourself

The sample config file has been provided by our community member Albedo 0.64 and it is available on Arch Linux wiki as well.

This is SparkyLinux Openbox desktop with Compton running on it.

Sparky Openbox + Compton