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Sparky news 2021/05

The 5th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2021:
– Linux kernel updated up to version 5.12.8 & 5.11.22 (EOL) & 5.13-rc3
– Sparky 5.15 “Nibiru” of the stable line released
– Yad updated up to 10.1 & APTus AppCenter up to 20210524
– added new mirror in USA; thanks to fosshost.org
– added to repos: TagSpaces, Librewolf, Riseup-VPN, Hamsket
– added an option of ProtonVPN installation via APTus AppCenter, the package is not in Sparky repos, but can be automatically downloaded and installed from ProtonVPN server

Thanks to:
– Daniel for his help of settings the new mirror in USA
– lami07 for new social icons and web page logo

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

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

Country
Supporter
Amount
World
Michael R.
$ 10
World
Stefan L.
$ 5
World
Mitchel V.
$ 50
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
C.M.M. H.
€ 15
World
Olaf T.
€ 10
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 70
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Poland
Władysław K.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
Poland
Dariusz B.
€ 1.66
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 50
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
Poland
Paweł S.
PLN 55.55
World
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
Poland
Magdalena T.
€ 4.26
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
World
Варюхин С.
€ 7.79
Poland
Aleksander G.
€ 10
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
World
Jorg S.
€ 5
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
USA
Four F.
€ 25
Poland
Jan Z.
PLN 50
World
Americ L.
€ 10
Poland
Paweł B.
PLN 100
Poland
Maciej P.
PLN 22
World
Daniel B.
€ 20
World
Harry T.
€ 20
Poland
Marek S.
PLN 100
Poland
Zbigniew B.
PLN 50
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
World
Ralf A.
€ 10
World
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
Poland
Tomasz W.
PLN 60
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 5
Total:
68%
€ 182.37
PLN 817.55
$ 90

* 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.

Mirror in USA

There is a new repo mirror available for Sparkers, located in Chicago, USA.

Mirror US1 is provided by the https://fosshost.org – thanks a lot!
http://us1.repo.sparkylinux.org

If you would like to provide a mirror repo server in your location, send a message via contact form, please.

Requirements and settings: https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/mirrors

If you’d like, I can set your Sparky mirror for you.

Thanks go to Daniel for his help of some settings.

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.

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.

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.

Sparky 2021.03

Sparky 2021.03 of the (semi-)rolling line is out. It is the first snapshot in 2021 of Sparky which is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
– packages upgraded from Debian testing repos as of March 5, 2021
– Linux kernel 5.10.13 (5.11.3 & 5.12-rc2 in Sparky unstable repos)
– Firefox 86.0
– Thunderbird 78.8.0
– LibreOffice 7.0.4.2
– LXQt 0.16.0
– MATE 1.24.1
– Xfce 4.16
– Openbox 3.6.1
– New edition with KDE Plasma 5.20.5
– VLC 3.0.12
– Exaile 4.1.0
– Calamares 3.2.37 + kpmcore 20.12.3
– Sparky APTus AppCenter 20210302
– added extra keyboard shortcuts to Xfce, LXQt and Openbox: https://wiki.sparkylinux.org/doku.php/custom_shortcuts
– removed packages: sparky-xdf, bleachbit

LXQt:
– audio player: Exaile replaced by Clementine
– IM: Pidgin replaced by Kopete; HexChat replaced by Konversation
– Web: Cheese replaced by Webcamoid

System re-installation is not required, make full system upgrade via Sparky Upgrade gui tool or a command:

sparky-upgrade

or:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

Known issues:
– can not open terminal emulator via right click in Thunar in all non Xfce desktops and window managers; it requires xfce4-settings to be installed

 

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