Future direction of Sparky

Last Updated on: 28th March 2022, 04:27 pm

It took really long, but finally I made my mind about the future of Sparky.
Don’t think it showed up suddenly, yesterday or so, not really.

To make this decision, I spoke with our community members via community sites, forums, made a few polls, and individual talks as well. I made many, many tests, checking different configurations and settings many times too. So nothing happend just like that, couse I woke up today morning having a new idea. Not really…

The fact is, I spend much time building and testing Sparky iso images, but the number of iso is too big and doesn’t let me focus on all of them as I want.
At the other hand, the work around Sparky takes much, and much time every next week and every next month. Much time I also spend building/rebuilding new versions of offered via repository packages and creating new ones or implementing new features.

The idea of creating Sparky was quite simple: it has to be lightweight, fast, powerfull and fully customizable. It means no heavy desktops, no fireworks, no useless things.

To do so, I have to cut the iso number down and focus on a one, main point of Sparky view/core. The point was and still is Openbox.

So, to conclude and make it clean and straight:
1. From now, only one main, Openbox based desktop: LXQt (rolling) or LXDE (stable)
2. MinimalGUI (Openbox)/MinimalCLI (text based) lets you install your favorite desktop with a small set of apps, as before.
3. Special Editions with no changes (so far) with Openbox, as before.

It lets me to find a little much time to make and focus on new Sparky releases better than before.

6 thoughts on “Future direction of Sparky”

  1. Good decision. I chose your distribution because of its clean uncluttered approach, you’ve just confirmed I was right to do that. Thanks for your time and efforts!

  2. The idea is perfect, but I do not like that they do not include “MATE” is my favorite desk par excellence and Sparky my distro all terrain if they do not include it is as if they difultan my next jobs

  3. Wise decision. Maybe you’ll be able to find time to fork some of the excellent tools from MX Linux, like their snapshot tool.


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