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Offline djh

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Sparky Installer too big for netbooks
« on: May 17, 2016, 04:31:09 pm »
I came across Sparky while searching for a good debian based linux distro that supported easy full installation to USB for a portable experience, so many thanks and congratulations on a job well done!

My first improvement suggestion - make the installer dialog slightly smaller.  I had real trouble running it on my old 800x600 netbook because the dialog is just a bit too tall to fit properly.  Even after I had the brain wave of making the bottom taskbar (aka panel in linux speak) run vertically, the back/next buttons were hard to get to.

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Re: Sparky Installer too big for netbooks
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2016, 05:10:20 pm »
I don't develop the installer, I only fork it for Sparky.
Anyway, there is, as a backup, yad based Sparky Advanced Installer which display smaller windows to fit lower monitor resolution.
Nothing is easy as it looks.

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Re: Sparky Installer too big for netbooks
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2016, 05:23:10 pm »
Thanks!

I don't remember seeing such an option.  Is Sparky Advanced Installer available in the xfce version?  I am at work at the moment, but I just googled "Sparky Advanced Installer" and it seems to be pointing to "Sparky MinimalISO" which is not what I am using.

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Re: Sparky Installer too big for netbooks
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2016, 05:34:22 pm »
Using Sparky Advanced Installer in the "Home" editions (lxde, lxqt, xfce, kde, mate) it will install the live system as it is.
If you'd like to install Sparky with a desktop of your choice and minimal set of apps, use MinimalGui or MinimalCLI iso image:
http://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/minimal
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Re: Sparky Installer too big for netbooks
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2016, 07:57:23 pm »
OK, I am now at home and have launched the live sparky 4.3 xfce iso and I can't see the "Sparky Advanced Installer", only the "Sparky Installer" shortcut on the desktop.

How do I launch Sparky Advanced Installer ?

EDIT:  I think I have found the answer,   $ sudo sparkylinux-installer
« Last Edit: May 17, 2016, 08:04:07 pm by djh »

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Re: Sparky Installer too big for netbooks
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2016, 09:27:00 pm »
It's correct.

The launcher is placed in the Menu-> System too.
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Re: Sparky Installer too big for netbooks
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2016, 03:06:48 pm »
I had real trouble running it on my old 800x600 netbook because the dialog is just a bit too tall to fit properly.  Even after I had the brain wave of making the bottom taskbar (aka panel in linux speak) run vertically, the back/next buttons were hard to get to.
It is annoying, I admit, and I once had the same problem because I had forgotten that you can move the dialog window (any non-maximised window) by using Alt + left mouse button.
This way you can get to the buttons.
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