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July 2020 donation report

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

Don’t forget to send a small tip in August too, please 🙂

Country
Supporter
Amount
Germany
Olaf T.
€ 10
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
John C.
$ 5
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Carlos F.
$ 15
Poland
Adam P.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 50
Poland
Tomasz H.
PLN 33
Poland
Robert C.
PLN 100
Germany
Torsten R.
€ 50
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
Poland
Marek S.
PLN 10
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Germany
Antony J.
€ 10
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 5
Poland
Grzegorz J.
PLN 25
Poland
Andrzej K.
PLN 50
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 50
Germany
Ralf A.
€ 15
Poland
Paweł W.
PLN 5
Poland
Bartłomiej P.
PLN 25
France
Aymeric L.
€ 10
World
Hugh D.
€ 15
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
Poland
Grzegorz T.
PLN 100
Germany
Eric H.
€ 25
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
Germany
Gerhard B.
€ 50
Germany
Hermann H.
€ 20
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 1
World
David M.
€ 30
Total:
77%
€ 283.66
PLN 689
$ 45

Sparky 5.12

A quarterly update point release of Sparky 5.12 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between 5.11 and 5.12:
• system upgraded from Debian stable repos as of July 5, 2020
• Linux kernel 4.19.118
• Firefox 68.10.0esr
• Thunderbird 68.9.0
• VLC 3.0.11
• LibreOffice 6.1.5
• Otter Browser replaced by Epiphany Browser (MinimalGUI)
• added Openbox Noir to the desktop list to be installed as a choice (via MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI and APTus)
• ‘debi-tool’ replaced by ‘gdebi’
• disabled package list updating, during installing Sparky via Calamares; even you install Sparky with active Internet connection, the Debian or Sparky server can be temporary off, so it could stop the installation

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 iso/img images of the stable line can be downloaded from the download/stable page.

June 2020 donation report

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

Unfortunately, we were not able to collect all the amount we needed for this month, but we thank all of you very much for your support.

Don’t forget to send a small tip in July too, please 🙂

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 7
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 2
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
USA
Ben J.
€ 4.5
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 50
Poland
Robert C.
PLN 100
Poland
Karol N.
PLN 120
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
John C.
$ 5
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Carlos F.
$ 15
Germany
Wilm S.
€ 20
Germany
Bernhard N.
€ 10
France
Sebastien M.
€ 10
United Kingdom
Rudolf L.
€ 10
World
Luis J.
€ 5
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
Poland
Artur A.
PLN 35
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Grzegorz S.
PLN 50
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
Germany
Antony J.
€ 10
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 5
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
Poland
Bartłomiej P.
PLN 15
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
World
Aymeric L.
€ 10
Poland
Paweł W.
PLN 5
Poland
Jacek B.
PLN 15
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
World
The Sailor
€ 50
USA
Andrew W.
€ 25
USA
Ryans Products LLC
€ 25
World
Daniel H.
€ 5
Germany
Ralf A.
€ 15
Germany
Manfred C.
€ 31.18
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
World
Volodymyr S.
€ 4.5
Spain
Marcelo A.
€ 19.37
Total:
€ 293.21
PLN 634
$ 45

* 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 news 2020/06

The 6th monthly report of 2020 of the Sparky project:

• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.7.6 & 5.8-rc3
• added to repos: Popcorn-Time, eDEX-UI, Visual Studio Code, VSCodium, Bitcoin-Qt, Litecoin-Qt
• Sparky 2020.06 of the rolling line released
• a point release of the stable line is on the way, stay tuned

 

Sparky 2020.06

The June snapshot of Sparky 2020.06 of the (semi-)rolling line is out.
It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of June 5, 2020
• Linux kernel 5.6.14 (5.7.0 in Sparky unstable repos)
• Firefox 77.0
• Thunderbird 68.8.1
• LibreOffice 6.4.4.2
• debi-tool’ replaced by ‘gdebi’
• added ‘spterm’ (Sparky Terminal) to be used by Sparky tools
• Otter Browser replaced by Epiphany Browser (MinimalGUI)
• added RadioStation – a fork of RadioTray-Lite (and Radiotray)
• added Openbox Noir to the desktop list to be installed as a choice (via MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI and APTus too)
• added disk autopartitioning, encrypting and lvm support to the Advanced Installer DEV (still experimental)
• Calamares updated up to 3.2.24; changed password strength to a minimum number of digits as possible in Calamares, as requested a few times by our users (can be used 1 digit, but I recommend to use strong password); thanks to lami07
• added lxappearance to MinimalGUI iso (Openbox)

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

sparky-upgrade

or via apt:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

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

 

May 2020 donation report

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

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

Country
Supporter
Amount
World
Jason A.
€ 20
Germany
Olaf T.
€ 10
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Norbert M.
PLN 50
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
John C.
$ 5
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Carlos F.
$ 10
World
Lars G.
€ 20
Netherlands
Rodrigo C.A.
€ 10
Spain
Fernando F.
€ 10
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
World
Robert H.
€ 10
Poland
Bartłomiej P.
PLN 35
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
Germany
Gerhard B.
€ 100
Poland
Jacek P.
PLN 10
Poland
Robert C.
PLN 50
Poland
Damian M.
PLN 25
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 5
World
William S.
€ 70
World
Alexandre V.
€ 2
France
Aymeric L.
€ 10
World
Yvan G.
€ 10
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 50
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 100
Poland
Bartosz S.
PLN 50
World
Bob H.
€ 20
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
Poland
Szymon S.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
World
Lars G.
€ 25
World
John P.
€ 20
Germany
Hendrik P.
€ 10
Total:
€ 395.66
PLN 620
$ 40

* 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 news 2020/05

The 5th monthly report of 2020 of the Sparky project:

• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.6.15 & 5.7-rc7
• added to repos: Riot-desktop which replaces Riot-web, Xdman, RadioStation (a fork off Radiotray-Lite), Beaker Browser
• Sparky 2020.05 of the rolling line released
• Sparky 2020.05 Special Editions released
• new app: ‘spterm’ (Sparky Terminal) – a very simple terminal emulator (a fork of k3rmit) which will be used by Sparky tools
• new desktop: Openbox Noir – a variant of the Openbox, which provides dark and modern looks and feel of a lightweight desktop; by lami07

Beaker Browser

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Beaker Browser

What is Beaker Browser?

Beaker is an experimental peer-to-peer Web browser. It adds new APIs for building hostless applications while remaining compatible with the rest of the Web. It is an open-source application in development by Blue Link Labs.

From Wikipedia:

Beaker Browser peer-to-peer technology allows users to self-publish websites and web apps directly from the browser, without the need to set up and administrate a separate web server or host their content on a third-party server. All files and websites are transferred using Dat, a hypermedia peer-to-peer protocol which allows files to be shared and hosted by several users. The browser also supports the HTTP protocol to connect to traditional servers.
Beaker is built using the Electron framework and therefore uses the Chromium browser as a renderer for webpages.

Installation (Debian/Sparky testing 64bit only):
It is a prerelease2 version so can be installed from Sparky unstable repository.

It requires nodejs (>= 12.0) which will be installed/upgraded from Sparky unstable repos too. That version removes (but provides too) ‘libnode64’ and ‘npm’ packages.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install beaker-browser

Beaker Browser

License: MIT
GitHub repo: github.com/beakerbrowser/beaker

 

Sparky & coronavirus

Support Sparky

It happened my friends…

…what we expected, but we were not thinking that it would be so bad.

Our dear friends, the coronavirus changed everything now, and we lost our main source of income, which we used to pay our monthly rent, food and medicine – we both suffer from chronic diseases. In addition, all products and services getting more expensive everywhere, in Poland too.

From your current donations and money from advertising, we will cover only some bills of electricity, gas, water, internet, domains, taxes, small computer equipment (memory, USB sticks, mice, batteries, etc …) and fuel. But there is 400 Euros too short to cover rent, meals and medicines.

Linuxiarze, SparkyLinux, ArchiveOS, SoftMania are our life and passion and we don’t want to give them up.

For this reason, we would like to ask you for slightly more support starting from June, means $ 700 / € 650 / PLN 2.600 at least every month. This is just the amount of the minimum wage in Poland per one person, but it will allow us to pay all the bills and survive another month, and another, just one by one. We can’t do it without you.

We are not entitled to any funding, we are on our own and your help, which never disappointed us and we hope that you understand our situation, because you are the best community in the World.

In short, we have lost the only “normal” source of income we have had, and at the moment we can only count on you!
We don’t know will we be able to return to the time before the pandemic, so without looking back, we try to live here and now as best as possible by creating our services and SparkyLinux for you.

So, will you help us survive this hard times?

With all our heart, we thank all of you.
Stay well.
Aneta and Paweł

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