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Sparky 5.9

SparkyLinux 5.9 “Nibiru” is out. This is a quarterly update of live/install media of the stable line, which is based on Debian 10 “Buster”.

The base system has been upgraded from Debian stable repos as of October 4, 2019.
It works on the Linux kernel 4.19.67 LTS.
As usually, new iso/img images provide small bug fixes and improvements as well.

Sparky project page and Sparky forums got new skins; no big changes about the colors but they are much mobile devices friendly now.

Nemomen finished translating Sparky tools to Hungarian (thank’s a lot), but many of them still waiting for adding to packages.

Make sure our forums have been moved to a subdomain: https://forum.sparkylinux.org

System reinstallation is not required; if you have Sparky 5.8 installed make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

or via the System Upgrade tool.

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

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

Payment day coming (2019)

Donate Like every year Sparky needs YOUR help now!

As you know, SparkyLinux is a non-profit project so it does not earn money.
And probably some of you know that we have to pay bills for hosting server (vps), domains, the power (electricity), broadband (internet connection), etc., etc., from our personal, home budget.

The time for paying for our server coming quickly again so help us sending donation now!

This year we need a little more than last year: 1500 PLN for a newer and faster VPS which has to be paid until November 9, 2019. Due to often overloading the present one, it has to be replaced with a newer and a little faster one. I already made some improvements to make it working faster, but a new one is required anyway. There is also a new skin at the project and forums pages to make them much mobile friendly.

And as every month, we also need 500 PLN for other bills to cover most of our needs.

So all together, this month, we need your donations for about 2000 PLN / ~500 Euros / ~540 USD), please.

We also asked for donations our community at Linuxiarze.pl and ArchiveOS.org as well. Our virtual server hosts a few web pages, all IT / Open Source / Linux related: SparkyLinux.org, Linuxiarze.pl, ArchiveOS.org and SoftMania.org.

So please donate now to keep Sparky alive, any donation will be very helpful.

You are the best community in the Universe so I really believe we CAN do it!

Visit the donation page to find how to send out money.
Aneta & Paweł

 

September 2019 donation report

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

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

Country
Supporter
Amount
World
Viktor L.
€ 20
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 30
Netherlands
Michel K.
€ 10
World
Reudi L.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Russia
Yurij P.
€ 0.50
Poland
Marian N.
PLN 50
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 5
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 2.5
World
Jeffrey V.
€ 20
Poland
Karol N.
PLN 20
Poland
Krzysztof B.
PLN 32.28
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Kevin C.
$ 2
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 1
Total:
€ 86,66
PLN 248,28
$ 12

Sparky news 2019/09

The 9th monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:

• Sparky 2019.09 (semi-)rolling based on Debian testing “Bullseye” released
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.3.1 & 5.2.17
• added to repos: Riot, Anydesk
• build Bauh, a nice GUI tool which lets you install Flatpack and Snap packages, but it needs newer deps than can be installed from Debian testing/Sid repos in this moment; have to wait
• Sparky project page and Sparky forums got new skins; no big changes about the colors but they are much more mobile devices friendly now
• Nemomen finished translating Sparky tools to Hungarian; thank’s a lot!
• Sparky forums have been moved to a subdomain: https://forum.sparkylinux.org

 

Sparky 2019.09

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.09 “Po Tolo” available to download. This is the 2nd snapshot of the (semi-)rolling line, which is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of September 1, 2019
• fixed issue in Advanced Installer which did not set home partition on non-root partition with no-formatting option (thank’s lami07)
• Firefox-ESR replaced with Firefox Latest
• GCC 9 is the default compiler now, GCC 8 removed
• Calamares installer 3.2.13
• Linux kernel 5.2.9 (5.2.11 & 5.3-rc6 available in Sparky unstable repos)
• Xfce 4.14
• LXQt 0.14.1
• Openbox 3.6.1-8

No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky 2019.08 (of the line 6) installed, simply make full system upgrade.

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

Know issues:
– upgrading Xfce desktop to the latest version 4.14 lost some desktop settings (wallpaper) so set it back after rebooting.

 

August 2019 donation report

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
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 7
Netherlands
Michel K.
€ 10
USA
Jim O.
€ 22.97
World
Reudi L.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Krzysztof J. M.
PLN 50
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Mirosław K.
PLN 30
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 2.5
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 5
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 1
Poland
Jan M.
PLN 120
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 15
Total:
€ 72.13
PLN 328
$ 10

Sparky news 2019/08

The 8th monthly report of 2019 of the Sparky project:

• Sparky 2019.08 (semi-)rolling based on Debian testing “Bullseye” released
• Chours translate Wiki pages to Russian, so I do that to Polish as well; let me know if you would like to translate Sparky Wiki to your language
• Sparky 2019.08 Special Editions released
• Linux kernel updated up to version 5.2.11 & 5.3-rc6
• Nemomen started translating Sparky tools to Hungarian
• added to repos: FreeOffice office suite

 

Sparky 2019.08 Special Editions

There are new live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 2019.08 “Po Tolo” special editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue available to download. Sparky ‘Po Tolo’ follows rolling release model and is based on Debian testing “Bullseye”.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

Changes:
– system upgraded from Debian testing repos as of August 7, 2019
– Linux kernel 4.19.37
– Calamares installer 3.2.11
– new Sparky6 theme
– new Tela icon set
– refreshed desktop look

Sparky 2019.08 Special Editions is available as follows:
– GameOver 64bit Xfce
– Multimedia 64bit Xfce
– Rescue 32 & 64bit Openbox

System reinstallation is not required.
If you have Sparky rolling installed:
• make sure your OS uses Debian ‘testing’ repos
• change Sparky repos to ‘testing’ if your OS uses ‘stable’ repo
• make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky6-apt
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New rolling iso images of Sparky “Po Tolo” can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Sparky Multimedia Edition

 

Sparky 2019.08

There are new live/install media of SparkyLinux 2019.08 “Po Tolo” available to download. This is the 1st snapshot of the new (semi-)rolling line, which is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Changes:
• system updated from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of August 1, 2019
• added gcc 9 (gcc 8 is still the default one)
• new Sparky6 theme
• new Tela icon set
• refreshed desktop look
• sddm instead of lightdm (LXQt edition)
• Linux kernel 4.19.37 (5.1.21 EOL, 5.2.5 & 5.3-rc2 available at Sparky unstable repos)

As I mentioned before, Sparky of the rolling line is available to amd64/x86_64 machines only. Sparky rolling 32 bit is fully supported so if you have it, simply keep it up to date.

System reinstallation is not required.
If you have Sparky rolling installed:
• make sure your OS uses Debian ‘testing’ repos
• change Sparky repos to ‘testing’ if your OS uses ‘stable’ repo already
• make full system upgrade:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky6-apt
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

New 64bit rolling iso images of Sparky Xfce, LXQt, MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI can be downloaded from the download/rolling page.

Big thanks go to lami07 for his deep testing and reporting bugs.

Sparky Xfce

 

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