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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

 

Sparky news 2021/02

The second monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2021:
* Linux kernel updated up to version 5.11.2 & 5.12-rc1
* added to repos: Gomux Matrix cli client, Tutanota Desktop email client, Kopete IM (Sparky 6), Amarok music player 2.9.71 (Sparky 6)
* Sparky 5.14 of the stable line released
* 2 repo mirrors have been set in Germany
* Added RealTime Debian Kernel installation to APTus (Sparky 5 & 6) & APTus AppCenter
* Added Backports & RealTime Backports Debian kernel installation to APTus (Sparky 5)

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 March too, please.

Country
Supporter
Amount
Poland
No name
PLN 50
Poland
Wojciech H.
PLN 5
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Germany
Olaf T.
€ 10
World
Siebert C.
€ 50
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 50
World
Akos S.
€ 10
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Neal B.
$ 2
World
Alexey
$ 5
World
Mitchel V.
€ 30
World
Parvaneh B.
€ 6
USA
Robert G.
€ 25
World
Markus P.
€ 30
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 100
Poland
Bogdan P.
PLN 50
Poland
Paweł S.
PLN 111
UK
Jon C.
€ 20
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 3.58
World
Nicholas F.
€ 10.75
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
Poland
Stanisław R.
PLN 80
Spain
Fernando A.
€ 20
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Andrzej T.
PLN 100
Poland
Marek B.
PLN 10
Germany
Alexander F.
€ 10
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 10
Germany
Jorg S.
€ 3
Poland
Paweł D.
PLN 100
France
Aymeric L.
€ 10
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
Poland
Maciej P.
PLN 22
World
Ralf A.
€ 10
Brazil
Daniel R.
€ 29.59
Total:
77%
€ 296
PLN 806.58
$ 32

* 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.

Tutanota Desktop

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Tutanota Desktop

What is Tutanota?

Tutanota is the secure email service with built-in end-to-end encryption that enables you to communicate securely with anyone on all your devices.

What is Tutanota Desktop?
The secure desktop clients with built-in encryption is available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS (mobile versions for Android and iOS are also available, as well as a web client). The Tutanota secure email service with automatic encryption has been published in March 2014. The Tutanota desktop clients enable you to use Tutanota directly from your computer without the need of a browser.

Installation (Sparky 5 & 6 amd64):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install tutanota-desktop

or via APTus-> Email tab-> Tutanota Desktop icon.

The first run asks about the app integration with the desktop – you do not need to do that, it is already integrated at the deb package.

Tutanota Desktop

Author: Tutao GmbH
License: GNU General Public License v3.0
Web: github.com/tutao/tutanota

 

Sparky APTus 0.4.36

Sparky APTus has been upgraded up to 0.4.36 (Sparky 5) & 0.4.38 (Sparky 6).

There are small, but notable changes of APTus, which provide:
– added Debian RealTime Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5 & 6)
– added Debian Backports Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5)
– Added Debian Backports RealTime Linux kernel installation (Sparky 5)
– separated Linux kernel amd64 & i686 installation of Debian and Liquorix kernels (Sparky 5 & 6); it means, the kernel installer shows amd64 kernels only on the list of amd64 machines and shows i686 & i686-pae kernels only on machines i686.

* No need to manually configure the Debian backports repos on Sparky stable 5 – the tool will do that for you.
* If you already configured Debian backports repos – simply disable or remove it.

The new small features will be moved to APTus AppCenter too.

APTus kernel installation

 

Mirrors in Germany

There are two, new repo mirrors available for Sparkers, both located in Germany.

Mirror DE1 is provided by JackGrumbler:
http://de1.repo.sparkylinux.org

Mirror DE2 is provided by MoroS:
http://de2.repo.sparkylinux.org

Thanks a lot both, JackGrumbler and MoroS.

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.

Sparky 5.14

A next point release of Sparky 5.14 “Nibiru” of the stable line is out. This release is based on Debian stable 10 “Buster”.

Changes between Sparky 5.13 and 5.14:
* system upgraded from Debian stable repos as of February 2, 2020
* Linux kernel 4.19.171 (PC) (5.9.15-1~bpo10+1 in Debian backports repo, if you need a newer one)
* Linux kernel 5.4.83-v7+ (ARMHF)
* Firefox 78.7.0esr
* Thunderbird 78.7.0
* VLC 3.0.12
* LibreOffice 6.1.5-3
* LXQt 0.14.1
* Xfce 4.12.5
* Openbox 3.6.1-8
* xterm replaced by spterm, which is used by Sparky tools now

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 2021/01

The first monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2021:
– Linux kernel updated up to version 5.10.12 & 5.11-rc5
– added to repos: DeepL-Linux Client, Trible bittorrent client, SteamTinkerLaunch

Do you think about a Sparky repo mirror server in your location?
What you need is:
– a fully managed vps with hard/ssd disk >= 20GB
– RAM >= 512MB
– CPU >= 1
– ssh access
– Debian 9/10 (preferred) or Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 or CentOS 7/8 preinstalled
– monthly bandwidth > 500GB
– one IP4 address
– NS record to redirect a new repo subdomain to
Let me know via the contact form if you could provide a VPS to Sparky repo mirror, please. I could set it up for you.

* Thank all of you very much, but unfortunately we did not found exact amount to the server, as well as to life 🙁
We paid for the server taking missing amount from the life part, which in January is less than half. Now we under a minimum line of we need 🙁
We can not count on subsidies from our countru, because we do not run a business – only in you hope.
Please help us to survive the hard times – Linuxinarze, SparkyLinux, ArchiveOS and SoftMania are only our work and source of income – without you we will not make it.

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

* Bardzo dziękujemy wszystkim darczyńcom, ale niestety nie udało nam się uzbierać całej kwoty na serwer, jak również na życie 🙁
Opłaciliśmy serwer dopłacając z pieniądzy na życie, których w styczniu uzbieraliśmy niespełna połowę. Teraz jesteśmy na minusie 🙁
Nie możemy liczyć na dotacje od naszego Państwa, bo nie prowadzimy działalności – jedynie w Was nadzieja.
Pomóżcie przetrwać nam ciężkie czasy – Linuxiarze, SparkyLinux, ArchiveOs oraz SoftMania to nasza jedyna praca i źródło utrzymania – bez Was nie damy rady.

Country
Supporter
Amount
World
Gernot P.
$ 10
World
Tom C.
$ 15
World
Neal B.
$ 2
World
Mitchel V.
$ 10
Germany
Olaf T.
€ 10
Poland
Aleksander S.
PLN 260
Poland
Krzysztof M.
PLN 50
Poland
Krzysztof S.
PLN 75
Poland
Robert C.
PLN 100
Poland
Barbara Z.
PLN 50
World
Michael L.
€ 5
World
Nicholas F.
€ 10.75
Poland
Andrzej M.
PLN 5
Poland
Ryszard K.
PLN 25
World
Rudolf L.
€ 10
World
Karl A.
€ 1.66
Poland
Piotr M.
€ 25
World
Alexander F.
€ 10
Poland
Krzysztof P.
PLN 50
Poland
Jacek G.
PLN 40
Poland
Stanisław G.
PLN 20
World
Jorg S.
€ 5
Poland
Andrzej P.
PLN 20
Poland
Witold Ś.
PLN 50
Poland
Maria B.
PLN 50
France
Aymeric L.
€ 10
Poland
Arkadiusz G.
PLN 20
Poland
Dariusz M.
€ 10
World
Michael C.
€ 20
Poland
Dariusz B.
PLN 50
World
Christian F.
€ 10
Poland
Karol N.
PLN 200
Germany
Wolfgang L.
€ 12
World
Ralf A.
€ 10
Total:
49%
+30% to VPS (85% in total)
€ 149.41
PLN 1065
$ 37

* 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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